stress mark

noun

Definition of stress mark

: a mark used with (as by being placed before, after, or over) a written syllable in the respelling of a word to show that this syllable is to be stressed when spoken : accent mark

First Known Use of stress mark

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stress mark was in 1888

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“Stress mark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stress%20mark. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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stress mark

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stress mark

: a mark (such as ˈ or ˌ) used to show the part of a word that should be given greater stress when it is spoken

stress mark

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Kids Definition of stress mark

: a mark used to show what part or syllable of a written word should be stressed when spoken

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