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diaeresis

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Etymology

From Ancient Greek διαίρεσις (division, split).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈdaɪə(ɹ)ˌɪisɪs/ SAMPA: /"daI@(r)%i:sIs/ (UK)

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Noun

Singular
diaeresis

Plural
diaereses

diaeresis (diaereses) (UK, Canada)
  1. (orthography) A diacritic placed over a vowel letter indicating that it is sounded separately, usually forming a distinct syllable, as in naïve, Noël, Brontë.
  2. (linguistics) The separation of a vowel, often a diphthong, into two distinct syllables.
  3. (prosody) A natural break in rhythm when a word ends at the end of a metrical foot, in a line of verse.

Usage notes

  • The umlaut is a usually-identical diacritic which alters the sound of a single vowel (as in German Schön). Properly speaking, the terms diaeresis and umlaut are not interchangeable, though speakers frequently use the term umlaut to refer to a diaeresis.

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