Definitions for umlautˈʊm laʊt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

um•lautˈʊm laʊt(n.)

  1. a mark (¨) used as a diacritic over a vowel, as ӓ, ö, ü, to indicate a vowel sound different from that of the letter without the diacritic, esp. as so used in German.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

    Ref: Compare dieresis.

  2. (in Germanic languages) assimilation in which a vowel is influenced by a following vowel or semivowel.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  3. (v.t.)to modify by umlaut.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  4. to write an umlaut over.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of umlaut:

1835–45; < G

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.

Anagrams of umlaut

  1. mutual


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