Definitions for accentˈæk sɛnt; ækˈsɛnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ac•centˈæk sɛnt; ækˈsɛnt(n.; v. also)

  1. prominence of a syllable in terms of differential loudness, pitch, length, or a combination of these.

    Category: Phonetics

  2. degree of prominence of a syllable within a word or of a word within a phrase:

    primary accent; secondary accent.

    Category: Phonetics

  3. a mark indicating stress (as ′ or `), vowel quality (as French grave `, acute ´, circumflex ^), pitch, distinction in meaning, or that an ordinarily silent vowel is to be pronounced.

  4. regularly recurring stress in verse.

  5. a mode of pronunciation characteristic of or distinctive to the speech of a particular person, group, or locality:

    a southern accent.

    Category: Phonetics

  6. such a mode of pronunciation recognized as being of foreign origin:

    She still speaks with an accent.

  7. a stress or emphasis given to certain musical notes. a mark indicating this. stress or emphasis regularly recurring as a feature of rhythm.

  8. Often, accents. the tones, inflections, choice of words, etc., that identify a particular individual or express a particular emotion.

  9. special attention or emphasis:

    an accent on accuracy.

  10. a contrasting detail.

  11. a distinctive quality or feature.

  12. a symbol used to distinguish similar mathematical quantities that differ in value, as in b~, b〃, b‴ (called b prime, b second or b double prime, b third or b triple prime, respectively). a symbol used to indicate a particular unit of measure, as feet (~) or inches (〃), minutes (~) or seconds (〃). a symbol used to indicate the order of a derivative of a function in calculus, as f~ (called f prime) is the first


    Category: Math, Weights and Measures

  13. accents, words; language; speech:

    He spoke in accents bold.

  14. (v.t.)to pronounce with prominence (a syllable within a word or a word within a phrase):

    Accent the first syllable.

    Category: Phonetics

  15. to mark with a written accent or accents.

  16. to give emphasis or prominence to; accentuate.

Origin of accent:

1520–30; < L accentus speaking tone =ac-ac - +-centus,cantus song (see canto )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. accent, speech pattern(noun)

    distinctive manner of oral expression

    "he couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent"; "she had a very clear speech pattern"

  2. emphasis, accent(noun)

    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"

  3. 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"

  4. 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"

  5. accent, accent mark(verb)

    a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation

  6. stress, emphasize, emphasise, punctuate, accent, accentuate(verb)

    to stress, single out as important

    "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"

  7. stress, accent, accentuate(verb)

    put stress on; utter with an accent

    "In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. accent(noun)əksˈɛnt

    a way of pronouncing words

    a foreign/French/English etc. accent

  2. accentəksˈɛnt

    a mark above a letter showing its pronunciation

    Caf; é has an accent on the 'e'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accent(noun)

    a superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon some particular syllable of a word or a phrase, distinguishing it from the others

  2. Accent(noun)

    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

  3. Accent(noun)

    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

  4. Accent(noun)

    a word; a significant tone

  5. Accent(noun)

    expressions in general; speech

  6. Accent(noun)

    stress laid on certain syllables of a verse

  7. Accent(noun)

    a regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure

  8. Accent(noun)

    a special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure

  9. Accent(noun)

    the rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period

  10. Accent(noun)

    the expressive emphasis and shading of a passage

  11. Accent(noun)

    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''

  12. Accent(noun)

    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

  13. Accent(noun)

    a mark used to denote feet and inches; as, 6' 10'' is six feet ten inches

  14. Accent(verb)

    to express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent

  15. Accent(verb)

    to mark emphatically; to emphasize


  1. Accent

    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'.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'accent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2960

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'accent' in Nouns Frequency: #1966

Translations for accent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a mark used to show) the stress on a syllable

The accent is on the second syllable.

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