zero grade


: the most reduced form of the weak ablaut grade in which the vowel disappears entirely

Word History


translation of German Nullstufe

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zero grade was in 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Zero grade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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