um·​laut | \ ˈüm-ˌlau̇t How to pronounce umlaut (audio) , ˈu̇m- How to pronounce umlaut (audio) \

Definition of umlaut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


umlauted; umlauting; umlauts

Definition of umlaut (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Examples of umlaut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most Reliable: According to independent third party umlaut from crowdsourced user experience data (January to July 2021). Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Among the #SquawktheVote name choices: Polka, Cream Puff, Brandy, Gemütlichkeit spelled the correct way with an umlaut, Kringle, Tailgate, Tundra, Bubbler (WaterFountain is not on the list, maybe that's a choice in Illinois?) and Cheesy. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2020 Perhaps even more than umlauts, this reputation for sweetness is why many people don't drink traditional German riesling. Jason Wilson,, 17 Sep. 2019 The umlaut-free car-sharing service Uber, originally known as UberCab, is a related development, hinting at Silicon Valley fantasies of world domination. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2019 Yes, with an umlaut, though SNI is based in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia. Karen Heller, The Know, 15 Sep. 2019 The pull of the umlaut-laden product names is too strong to deny. Beth Spotswood,, 19 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of umlaut


circa 1845, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for umlaut


German, from um- around, transforming + Laut sound

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“Umlaut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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