What does macron mean?

Definitions for macronˈmeɪ krɒn, ˈmæk rɒn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. macron(noun)

    a diacritical mark (-) placed above a vowel to indicate a long sound


  1. macron(Noun)

    A short, straight, horizontal diacritical mark (u00AF) placed over any of various letters. It usually is used to indicate that the pronunciation of the vowel is long, in Mandarin pinyin (Chinese), it indicates the first tone, e.g. chu016Bzu016Bchu0113.

  2. Origin: From the μακρόν, neuter form of μακρός (English macro-).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Macron(noun)

    a short, straight, horizontal mark [-], placed over vowels to denote that they are to be pronounced with a long sound; as, a, in dame; /, in s/am, etc


  1. Macron

    A macron, from the Greek μακρόν, meaning "long", is a diacritic placed above a vowel. It was originally used to mark a long or heavy syllable in Greco-Roman metrics, but now marks a long vowel. In the International Phonetic Alphabet the macron is used to indicate mid tone; the sign for a long vowel is a modified triangular colon ⟨⟩. The opposite is the breve ⟨˘⟩, which marks a short or light syllable or a short vowel.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Macron

    mak′ron, n. a straight line placed over a vowel to show that it is long:—opp. to Breve, the mark of a short vowel. [Gr., 'long.']


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of macron in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of macron in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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