Definitions for Syllableˈsɪl ə bəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. syllable(noun)

    a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme

    "the word `pocket' has two syllables"


  1. syllable(Noun)

    A unit of human speech that is interpreted by the listener as a single sound, although syllables usually consist of one or more vowel sounds, either alone or combined with the sound of one or more consonants; a word consists of one or more syllables.

  2. syllable(Noun)

    The written representation of a given pronounced syllable.

  3. syllable(Verb)

    To utter in syllables.

    Aery tongues that syllable men's names uE00025979uE001 Milton.

  4. Origin: Middle English and Middle French sillabe, from syllaba, from συλλαβή, from συλλαμβάνω, from συν + λαμβάνω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Syllable(noun)

    an elementary sound, or a combination of elementary sounds, uttered together, or with a single effort or impulse of the voice, and constituting a word or a part of a word. In other terms, it is a vowel or a diphtong, either by itself or flanked by one or more consonants, the whole produced by a single impulse or utterance. One of the liquids, l, m, n, may fill the place of a vowel in a syllable. Adjoining syllables in a word or phrase need not to be marked off by a pause, but only by such an abatement and renewal, or reenforcement, of the stress as to give the feeling of separate impulses. See Guide to Pronunciation, /275

  2. Syllable(noun)

    in writing and printing, a part of a word, separated from the rest, and capable of being pronounced by a single impulse of the voice. It may or may not correspond to a syllable in the spoken language

  3. Syllable(noun)

    a small part of a sentence or discourse; anything concise or short; a particle

  4. Syllable(verb)

    to pronounce the syllables of; to utter; to articulate

  5. Origin: [OE. sillable, OF. sillabe, F. syllabe, L. syllaba, Gr. that which is held together, several letters taken together so as to form one sound, a syllable, fr. to take together; with + to take; cf. Skr. labh, rabh. Cf. Lemma, Dilemma.]


  1. Syllable

    A syllable is a unit of organization for a sequence of speech sounds. For example, the word water is composed of two syllables: wa and ter. A syllable is typically made up of a syllable nucleus with optional initial and final margins. Syllables are often considered the phonological "building blocks" of words. They can influence the rhythm of a language, its prosody, its poetic meter and its stress patterns. Syllabic writing began several hundred years before the first letters. The earliest recorded syllables are on tablets written around 2800 BC in the Sumerian city of Ur. This shift from pictograms to syllables has been called "the most important advance in the history of writing". A word that consists of a single syllable is called a monosyllable. Similar terms include disyllable for a word of two syllables; trisyllable for a word of three syllables; and polysyllable, which may refer either to a word of more than three syllables or to any word of more than one syllable.

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