Definition of Monophthong

1. n. A single uncompounded vowel sound.



Definition of Monophthong

1. Noun. A vowel (in the sense of a sound rather than a letter of the alphabet) that has the same sound throughout its pronunciation, such as the short vowels in "pap", "pep", "pip", "pop" and "pup", as opposed to a diphthong (eg, /a?/, the vowel in "pipe") or a triphthong (eg, /a??/, the sound in the non-rhotic pronunciation of "pyre"). ¹

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Definition of Monophthong

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Medical Definition of Monophthong

1. 1. A single uncompounded vowel sound. 2. A combination of two written vowels pronounced as one; a digraph. Origin: Gr. With one sound; alone + sound, voice. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Monophthong

monophony
monophosphane
monophosphanes
monophosphatase
monophosphatases
monophosphate
monophosphates
monophosphide
monophosphides
monophosphoryl
monophosphorylated
monophosphorylation
monophotonic
monophthalmos
monophthalmus
monophthong (current term)
monophthongal
monophthongally
monophthongise
monophthongised
monophthongises
monophthongising
monophthongization
monophthongizations
monophthongize
monophthongized
monophthongizes
monophthongizing
monophthongs
monophyla

Literary usage of Monophthong

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1. Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association by American philological association (1898)
"Latin ai and ae : Diphthong or monophthong? by Professor EG Sihler, of New York University. While accepting with grateful appreciation the positive results ..."

2. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"[< monophthong + -«?.] Consisting of or pertaining to a monophthong. ... [(monophthong + -ize.\ To reduce in enunciation to a single sound. ..."

3. The Pronunciation of Greek and Latin by Edgar Howard Sturtevant (1920)
"The third sound in the series can scarcely be a diphthong, since it results in Boeotian from an original monophthong (open e) and develops into a ..."

4. John Hart's Pronunciation of English (1569-1570) by Otto Jespersen (1907)
"Are we to suppose that toy, toy, coy were then by some pronounced with a monophthong? Evidently the two cases are parallel, and the solution seems to be ..."

5. Anglistische Forschungen (1906)
"ei, and others Latin ae, ie [e-], which latter pronunciation ("a still thinner") he identifies with Hart's monophthong e'. But Smith says nothing about his ..."

6. Elocutionary Manual: The Principles of Elocution, with Exercises and by Alexander Melville Bell (1887)
"Vowel 15, as a monophthong. 106. Vowel 16, in some words, ... Vowel 3, as a monophthong. 113. Vowel 11, before R, with the same sound as the preceding. 114. ..."

7. The Principles of Elocution: With Exercises and Notations for Pronunciation by Alexander Melville Bell (1878)
"VOWEL 1, in some words, pronounced ;) (long, monophthong) as in seat, meat, ... Vowel 3. as a monophthong, long (sec par. 65.) 93: Vowel 4. as French 'e ..."

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