accent, speech pattern(noun)
distinctive manner of oral expression
"he couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent"; "she had a very clear speech pattern"
special importance or significance
"the red light gave the central figure increased emphasis"; "the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents"
dialect, idiom, accent(noun)
the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
"the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"; "it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy"
stress, emphasis, accent(noun)
the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)
"he put the stress on the wrong syllable"
accent, accent mark(verb)
a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation
stress, emphasize, emphasise, punctuate, accent, accentuate(verb)
to stress, single out as important
"Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"
stress, accent, accentuate(verb)
put stress on; utter with an accent
"In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"
a superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon some particular syllable of a word or a phrase, distinguishing it from the others
a mark or character used in writing, and serving to regulate the pronunciation; esp.: (a) a mark to indicate the nature and place of the spoken accent; (b) a mark to indicate the quality of sound of the vowel marked; as, the French accents
modulation of the voice in speaking; manner of speaking or pronouncing; peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice; tone; as, a foreign accent; a French or a German accent
a word; a significant tone
expressions in general; speech
stress laid on certain syllables of a verse
a regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure
a special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure
the rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period
the expressive emphasis and shading of a passage
a mark placed at the right hand of a letter, and a little above it, to distinguish magnitudes of a similar kind expressed by the same letter, but differing in value, as y', y''
a mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc.; as, 12'27'', i. e., twelve minutes twenty seven seconds
a mark used to denote feet and inches; as, 6' 10'' is six feet ten inches
to express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent
to mark emphatically; to emphasize
Origin: [OF. accenter, F. accentuer.]
In sociolinguistics, an accent is a manner of pronunciation peculiar to a particular individual, location, or nation. An accent may identify the locality in which its speakers reside, the socio-economic status of its speakers, their ethnicity, their caste or social class, their first language, and so on. Accents typically differ in quality of the voice, pronunciation and distinction of vowels and consonants, stress, and prosody. Although grammar, semantics, vocabulary, and other language characteristics often vary concurrently with accent, the word 'accent' may refer specifically to the differences in pronunciation, whereas the word 'dialect' encompasses the broader set of linguistic differences. Often 'accent' is a subset of 'dialect'.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ak′sent, n. modulation of the voice: stress on a syllable or word: a mark used to direct this stress: any mode of utterance peculiar to a country, a province, or an individual: (poet.) a significant word, or words generally: (pl.) speech, language.—v.t. Accent′, to express or note the accent.—adj. Accent′ual, relating to accent.—n. Accentual′ity.—adv. Accent′ually.—v.t. Accent′uate, to mark or pronounce with accent: to make prominent.—n. Accentuā′tion, the act of marking or of pronouncing accents. [Fr.—L. accentus, a tone or note—ad, to, canĕre, to sing.]
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'accent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2960
Rank popularity for the word 'accent' in Nouns Frequency: #1966
The numerical value of accent in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of accent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Since the Exodus, freedom has always spoken with a Hebrew accent.
Accent is the soul of language it gives to it both feeling and truth.
Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent.
The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one's speech.
When the flight attendant said we were heading to Dhaka, we believed that this was how you pronounced 'Dakar' with a Turkish accent.
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Translations for accent
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- نبر, تلفظ, نطق, علامة نبر, لكنةArabic
- акцентирам, акце́нт, произноше́ние, ударе́ние, ритъм, [[поставям]] [[ударение]], подчертавамBulgarian
- accentuar, accentCatalan, Valencian
- betoning, trykDanish
- Betonung, AkzentGerman
- acento, tilde, acentuarSpanish
- ilmaisu, [[merkitä]] [[aksentit]], painottaa, pilkku, aksenttimerkki, sävy, korostus, aksentti, isku, paino, puhe, korostaa, painotus, pääpaino, erityispiirre, äänensävy, sävyttää, painopisteFinnish
- accentuer, accentFrench
- aiceann, béim ghutha, aiceannaigh, blasIrish
- beumScottish Gaelic
- מבטא, דגשHebrew
- hangsúly, ékezet, akcentusHungarian
- acentizar, acentoIdo
- 強調, アクセント, 強音, なまり, 話し振りJapanese
- на́гласок, акце́нт, нагла́сува, акценти́ра, прим, нагласокMacedonian
- klemtoon, uitspraak, accent, accentteken, accentueren, beklemtonen, tongvalDutch
- aksentuere, trykk, aksent, uttale, tonefall, betoning, merkeNorwegian
- akcent, naciskPolish
- linha, tonicidade, acento, sotaquePortuguese
- accent, intonațieRomanian
- акце́нт, [[ста́вить]] [[ударе́ние]], штрих, [[знак]] [[ударение, [[поста́вить]] [[ударе́ние]], подчеркну́ть, подчёркивать, ударе́ние, [[проставля́ть]] [[ударе́ние]], [[проста́вить]] [[ударе́ние]], акценти́роватьRussian
- naglasak, нагласакSerbo-Croatian
- naglàs, naglasiti, poudaritiSlovene
- accent, accentuera, betoning, betona, brytningSwedish
- శైలి, యాసTelugu
- vurgulamak, şive, ağız, vurgu, aksanTurkish
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