schwa

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noun \ ˈshwä \

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)

Origin and Etymology of schwa

German, from Hebrew schĕwā'


SCHWA Defined for English Language Learners

schwa

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Definition of schwa for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

schwa

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noun \ ˈshwä \

Definition of schwa for Students

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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