syn·​i·​ze·​sis ˌsi-nə-ˈzē-səs How to pronounce synizesis (audio)
: contraction of two syllables into one by uniting in pronunciation two adjacent vowels

Word History


Late Latin, from Greek synizēsis, from synizein to sit down together, collapse, blend, from syn- + hizein to sit down; akin to Latin sidere to sit down — more at subside

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of synizesis was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Synizesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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