Definition of Diaeresis

1. Noun. A diacritical mark (two dots) placed over a vowel in German to indicate a change in sound.

Exact synonyms: Dieresis, Umlaut
Generic synonyms: Diacritic, Diacritical Mark



Definition of Diaeresis

1. Noun. (orthography) A diacritic placed over a vowel letter indicating that it is sounded separately, usually forming a distinct syllable, as in (term naïve), (term Noël), (term Brontë). ¹

2. Noun. (linguistics prosody) The separation of a vowel, often a diphthong, into two distinct syllables. ¹

3. Noun. (prosody) A natural break in rhythm when a word ends at the end of a metrical foot, in a line of verse. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Diaeresis

1. [n DIAERESES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Diaeresis

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diaeresis (current term)
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Literary usage of Diaeresis

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1. A Grammar of the Homeric Dialect by David Binning Monro (1891)
"diaeresis and Caesura. Besides the recognised stops or pauses which mark the ... By diaeresis is meant the coincidence of the division between words with ..."

2. Hermathena by Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) (1903)
"But this does not affect the question concerning diaeresis. He who refuses to describe as true diaeresis the case where the third foot ends with a ..."

3. A Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India: To Wit, Hindi by John Beames (1872)
"In giving the name of diaeresis to this process, there is a departure from the usual application of the term, but as no diaeresis of vowels can take place, ..."

4. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"... is really more than we could possibly bear with equanimity even for the sake of the excellent bucolic diaeresis. Then to crown all comes ..."

5. Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges: Founded on by Joseph Henry Allen, James Bradstreet Greenough, Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge (1903)
"C, The coincidence of the end of a word with that of a measure is called diaeresis. 1 The Thesis signifies properly the putting down ..."

6. A Grammar of the Greek Language by William Edward Jelf (1881)
"... dialect uses diaeresis in many words : nais, ... The diaeresis is used in certain words; as, ..."

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