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umlaut

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noun um·laut \ ˈüm-ˌlau̇t , ˈu̇m- \

Definition of umlaut

1 a :the change of a vowel (such as \ü\ to \ē\ in goose, geese) that is caused by partial assimilation to a succeeding sound or that occurs as a reflex of the former presence of a succeeding sound which has been lost or altered
b :a vowel resulting from such partial assimilation
2 :a diacritical mark ¨ placed over a vowel to indicate a more central or front articulation — compare diaeresis

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Origin and Etymology of umlaut

German, from um- around, transforming + Laut sound

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umlaut

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Definition of umlaut

transitive verb
1 :to produce by umlaut
2 :to write or print an umlaut over

First Known Use of umlaut

1879

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UMLAUT Defined for English Language Learners

umlaut

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Definition of umlaut for English Language Learners

  • : a mark ¨ placed over a vowel (such as a u in German) to indicate a specific pronunciation


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