Definitions for umlautˈʊm laʊt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. umlaut, dieresis, diaeresis(noun)

    a diacritical mark (two dots) placed over a vowel in German to indicate a change in sound


  1. umlaut(Noun)

    An assimilatory process whereby a vowel is pronounced more like a following vocoid that is separated by one or more consonants.

  2. umlaut(Noun)

    The umlaut process (as above) that occurred historically in Germanic languages whereby back vowels became front vowels when followed by syllable containing a front vocoid (e.g. Germanic lu016Bsi > Old English lu012Bs(i) > Modern English lice).

  3. umlaut(Noun)

    A vowel so assimilated.

  4. umlaut(Noun)

    The diacritical mark ( u00A8 ) placed over a vowel to indicate such assimilation.

  5. umlaut(Verb)

    To place an umlaut over a vowel.

  6. Origin: From Umlaut, from um + Laut, from hlut.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Umlaut(noun)

    the euphonic modification of a root vowel sound by the influence of a, u, or especially i, in the syllable which formerly followed

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Umlaut

    name given by Grimm to the modification of a vowel in a syllable through the influence of a vowel in the succeeding.


  1. Diaeresis

    The diaeresis (pronounced /daɪˈɛrɨsɨs/ dye-ERR-ə-səs), consisting of a pair of dots ( ¨ ) placed over a letter is the original meaning of "trema" and is used to show that a vowel letter is not part of a digraph or diphthong. The diaeresis indicates that two adjoining letters that would normally form a digraph and be pronounced as one are instead to be read as separate, either as a diphthong or as two distinct vowels in two syllables. To put it simply: a diaeresis indicates that a vowel should be pronounced apart from the letter which precedes it. For example, in the spelling coöperate, the diaeresis reminds the reader that the word has four syllables co-op-er-ate, not three, *coop-er-ate. This is uncommon in English, as it is optional; The New Yorker's use of the mark is considered idiosyncratic. Languages such as Dutch, French and Spanish, however, make regular use of it. By extension, the word diaeresis also designates the diacritic when used to denote similar distinctions, such as marking the schwa ë in Albanian.

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