Definitions for epenthesisəˈpɛn θə sɪs; -ˌsiz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ep•en•the•sisəˈpɛn θə sɪs; -ˌsiz(n.)(pl.)-ses

  1. the insertion of one or more sounds in the middle of a word.

    Category: Phonetics

Origin of epenthesis:

1650–60; < LL < Gk epénthesis=ep-ep - +en-en -2+thésis placing; see thesis

ep•en•thet•icˌɛp ənˈθɛt ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. epenthesis(noun)

    the insertion of a vowel or consonant into a word to make its pronunciation easier

    "the insertion of a vowel in the plural of the word `bush' is epenthesis"


  1. epenthesis(Noun)

    The insertion of a phoneme, letter, or syllable into a word, usually to satisfy the phonological constraints of a language or poetic context.

  2. Origin: Middle of 16th century: via , from ἐπένθεσις, from ἐπεντίθημι, from ἐπί + ἐντίθημι, from ἐν + τίθημι.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Epenthesis(noun)

    the insertion of a letter or a sound in the body of a word; as, the b in "nimble" from AS. n/mol


  1. Epenthesis

    In phonology, epenthesis means the addition of one or more sounds to a word, especially to the interior of a word. The word epenthesis comes from epi + en + thesis. Epenthesis may be divided into two types: excrescence, for the addition of a consonant, and anaptyxis for the addition of a vowel.


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