tonic accent


: relative phonetic prominence (as from greater stress or higher pitch) of a spoken syllable or word
: accent depending on pitch rather than stress

Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tonic accent was in 1867

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Cite this Entry

“Tonic accent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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