schwa

noun
\ ˈshwä How to pronounce schwa (audio) \

Definition of schwa

1 : an unstressed mid-central vowel (such as the usual sound of the first and last vowels of the English word America)
2 : the symbol ə used for the schwa sound and less widely for a similarly articulated stressed vowel (as in cut)

First Known Use of schwa

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for schwa

German, from Hebrew schĕwā'

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The first known use of schwa was in 1895

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“Schwa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schwa. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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schwa

noun
How to pronounce schwa (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of schwa

technical
: a vowel that has the sound of the first and last vowels of the English word America
: the symbol ə that is used for the schwa sound

schwa

noun
\ ˈshwä How to pronounce schwa (audio) \

Kids Definition of schwa

1 : an unstressed vowel that is the usual sound of the first and last vowels of the English word America
2 : the symbol ə commonly used for a schwa and sometimes also for a similarly pronounced stressed vowel (as in cut)

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