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umlaut

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noun um·laut \ˈüm-ˌlau̇t, ˈu̇m-\

Definition of umlaut

  1. 1 a :  the change of a vowel (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. 2 :  a diacritical mark ¨ placed over a vowel to indicate a more central or front articulation — compare diaeresis

Origin and Etymology of umlaut

German, from um- around, transforming + Laut sound


First Known Use: circa 1845

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umlaut

verb um·laut

Definition of umlaut

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to produce by umlaut

  3. 2 :  to write or print an umlaut over

1879

First Known Use of umlaut

1879

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UMLAUT Defined for English Language Learners

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umlaut

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noun um·laut \ˈüm-ˌlau̇t, ˈu̇m-\

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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