Definitions for diacriticˌdaɪ əˈkrɪt ɪk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
di•a•crit•icˌdaɪ əˈkrɪt ɪk(n.)
Also called diacrit′ical mark′. a mark, point, or sign, as a cedilla, tilde, circumflex, or macron, added or attached to a letter, as to distinguish it from another of similar form, to give it a particular phonetic value, or to indicate stress.
Category: Language/Linguistics, Phonetics
Origin of diacritic:
1670–80; < Gk diakritikós separating
diacritical mark, diacritic(adj)
a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation
capable of distinguishing
"students having superior diacritic powers"; "the diacritic elements in culture"- S.F.Nadel
A special mark added to a letter to indicate a different pronunciation, stress, tone, or meaning.
Denoting a distinguishing mark applied to a letter or character.
alt. of Diacritical