What does accent mean?

Definitions for accent
ˈæk sɛnt; ækˈsɛntac·cent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. accent, speech patternnoun

    distinctive manner of oral expression

    "he couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent"; "she had a very clear speech pattern"

  2. emphasis, accentnoun

    special importance or significance

    "the red light gave the central figure increased emphasis"; "the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents"

  3. dialect, idiom, accentnoun

    the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people

    "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"; "it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy"

  4. stress, emphasis, accentnoun

    the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)

    "he put the stress on the wrong syllable"

  5. accent, accent markverb

    a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation

  6. stress, emphasize, emphasise, punctuate, accent, accentuateverb

    to stress, single out as important

    "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"

  7. stress, accent, accentuateverb

    put stress on; utter with an accent

    "In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ACCENTnoun

    Etymology: accentus, Lat.

    I know, Sir, I am no flatterer; he that beguiled you in a plain accent was a plain knave; which, for my part, I will not be. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Your accent is something finer than you could purchase in so removed a dwelling. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Accent, as in the Greek names and usage, seems to have regarded the tune of the voice; the acute accent raising the voice in some certain syllables to a higher, i.e. more acute pitch or tone, and the grave depressing it lower, and both having some emphasis, i.e. more vigorous pronunciation. William Holder, Elem.

    How many ages hence
    Shall this our lofty scene be acted o’er,
    In states unborn, and accents yet unknown. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.

    Winds on your wings to heav’n her accents bear;
    Such words as heav’n alone is fit to hear. John Dryden, Virg. Past. 3.

    The tender accent of a woman’s cry
    Will pass unheard, will unregarded die;
    When the rough seaman’s louder shouts prevail,
    When fair occasion shews the springing gale. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Accentverb

    Etymology: from accentus, Lat.

    Having got somebody to mark the last syllable but one, where it is long, in words above two syllables (which is enough to regulate her pronunciation, and accenting the words) let her read daily in the gospels, and avoid understanding them in Latin, if she can. John Locke, on Education, § 177.

    O my unhappy lines! you that before
    Have serv’d my youth to vent some wanton cries,
    And, now congeal’d with grief, can scarce implore
    Strength to accent, Here my Albertus lies! Henry Wotton.


  1. accent

    An accent is a distinctive pattern or manner of pronouncing a language, typically linked to a geographical region, social class, or cultural group. It includes peculiarities in tone, pitch, syllable stress, and pronunciation of certain sounds. In addition, in the context of music and poetry, an accent refers to the emphasis or stress put on a particular note or syllable.

  2. accent

    Accent refers to the distinctive way words and phrases are pronounced, typically linked to a person's country, region, or social group. It can include aspects such as pitch, tone, stress, rhythm, and intonation. The term also refers to the emphasis or stress placed on a particular syllable or word in speech or music. Additionally, in the context of design or decoration, accent refers to a feature, color, or object that stands out or emphasizes certain elements.

  3. accent

    Accent, in linguistics, refers to the distinctive way a group of individuals speak a language, typically characterized by pronunciation, tone, rhythm, and stress. It often reflects their geographic region, social class, or first language background. In terms of phonetics, accent refers to the emphasis or stress placed on a particular syllable within a word or on a particular word within a phrase or sentence. In the context of music, accent refers to the emphasis placed on certain notes to add expression or to follow a rhythmic structure.

  4. accent

    An accent refers to a distinctive way of pronouncing a language, typically associated with a particular country, area, or social group. It can involve variation in pronunciation, rhythm, intonation, or language patterns. In music, an accent refers to the emphasis on a particular note or beat. In writing or literature, an accent can refer to the emphasis on a particular syllable in a word or line of poetry.

  5. accent

    Accent refers to the distinctive way of pronunciation or intonation in speech, often related to a particular region, country, or social group. It can indicate a speaker's geographic or social background. In music, it denotes the emphasis placed on a particular note. In literature, it refers to the emphasis on a certain syllable in a word.

  6. accent

    An accent refers to a distinct way of pronouncing a language, associated with a particular country, area, or social group. It can also denote a particular mode of pronunciation, stress, or pitch used to distinguish words in the speech of a particular person or group. In music, accent refers to an emphasis or stress placed on a particular note or chord. In writing or printing, it is a mark used to indicate pronunciation, stress, or use a different value or pitch for a certain letter.

  7. accent

    Accent typically refers to the distinctive way groups of people who share a common language pronounce this language. These differences are observed in terms of rhythm, speed, pitch, intonation patterns, and words usage and can be shaped by geographic location, ethnicity, social class, or first language influence. In the realm of linguistics, it may also refer to the emphasis on a particular syllable, typically in terms of its pitch, duration, or loudness, in a word or phrase in speech. Furthermore, in music, accent refers to an emphasis on a particular note.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accentnoun

    a superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon some particular syllable of a word or a phrase, distinguishing it from the others

  2. Accentnoun

    a mark or character used in writing, and serving to regulate the pronunciation; esp.: (a) a mark to indicate the nature and place of the spoken accent; (b) a mark to indicate the quality of sound of the vowel marked; as, the French accents

  3. Accentnoun

    modulation of the voice in speaking; manner of speaking or pronouncing; peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice; tone; as, a foreign accent; a French or a German accent

  4. Accentnoun

    a word; a significant tone

  5. Accentnoun

    expressions in general; speech

  6. Accentnoun

    stress laid on certain syllables of a verse

  7. Accentnoun

    a regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure

  8. Accentnoun

    a special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure

  9. Accentnoun

    the rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period

  10. Accentnoun

    the expressive emphasis and shading of a passage

  11. Accentnoun

    a mark placed at the right hand of a letter, and a little above it, to distinguish magnitudes of a similar kind expressed by the same letter, but differing in value, as y', y''

  12. Accentnoun

    a mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc.; as, 12'27'', i. e., twelve minutes twenty seven seconds

  13. Accentnoun

    a mark used to denote feet and inches; as, 6' 10'' is six feet ten inches

  14. Accentverb

    to express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent

  15. Accentverb

    to mark emphatically; to emphasize

  16. Etymology: [OF. accenter, F. accentuer.]


  1. Accent

    In sociolinguistics, an accent is a manner of pronunciation peculiar to a particular individual, location, or nation. An accent may identify the locality in which its speakers reside, the socio-economic status of its speakers, their ethnicity, their caste or social class, their first language, and so on. Accents typically differ in quality of the voice, pronunciation and distinction of vowels and consonants, stress, and prosody. Although grammar, semantics, vocabulary, and other language characteristics often vary concurrently with accent, the word 'accent' may refer specifically to the differences in pronunciation, whereas the word 'dialect' encompasses the broader set of linguistic differences. Often 'accent' is a subset of 'dialect'.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Accent

    ak′sent, n. modulation of the voice: stress on a syllable or word: a mark used to direct this stress: any mode of utterance peculiar to a country, a province, or an individual: (poet.) a significant word, or words generally: (pl.) speech, language.—v.t. Accent′, to express or note the accent.—adj. Accent′ual, relating to accent.—n. Accentual′ity.—adv. Accent′ually.—v.t. Accent′uate, to mark or pronounce with accent: to make prominent.—n. Accentuā′tion, the act of marking or of pronouncing accents. [Fr.—L. accentus, a tone or note—ad, to, canĕre, to sing.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'accent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2960

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'accent' in Nouns Frequency: #1966

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of accent in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of accent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of accent in a Sentence

  1. Emily Blunt:

    I wouldn't say that's why I've ventured into acting, but it was just a bit shocking the first time I was able to speak, you know, doing a silly voice or an accent pretending to be someone else, people don't talk about [ it ] enough if it hasn't got enough exposure, and millions of people around the world struggle with it.

  2. Rizwan Manji:

    It was very strictly, like, the joke was on the accent.

  3. Sarah Gadon:

    I think when you're going to play such a recognizable figure in the hearts of British people you don't want to mess up the accent, if you can't convince people of that then you're lost from the start. So we spent a lot of time focusing on that.

  4. Sandy Valdivieso:

    When the flight attendant said we were heading to Dhaka, we believed that this was how you pronounced 'Dakar' with a Turkish accent.

  5. Sarah Shepherd:

    We're working on an RP model, but try to keep Lea Seydoux sounding French, if you have an American accent and a British accent, those will serve you very well as an actor.

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  • tongvalAfrikaans
  • نبر, تلفظ, نطق, علامة نبر, لكنةArabic
  • баҫымBashkir
  • на́ціскBelarusian
  • акцентирам, акце́нт, произноше́ние, ударе́ние, ритъм, [[поставям]] [[ударение]], подчертавамBulgarian
  • accentuar, accentCatalan, Valencian
  • přízvukCzech
  • betoning, trykDanish
  • Betonung, AkzentGerman
  • τόνοςGreek
  • akĉentoEsperanto
  • acento, tilde, acentuarSpanish
  • مدPersian
  • ilmaisu, [[merkitä]] [[aksentit]], painottaa, pilkku, aksenttimerkki, sävy, korostus, aksentti, isku, paino, puhe, korostaa, painotus, pääpaino, erityispiirre, äänensävy, sävyttää, painopisteFinnish
  • accentuer, accentFrench
  • aiceann, béim ghutha, aiceannaigh, blasIrish
  • beumScottish Gaelic
  • acentoGalician
  • מבטא, דגשHebrew
  • hangsúly, ékezet, akcentusHungarian
  • acentizar, acentoIdo
  • áherslaIcelandic
  • accentoItalian
  • 強調, アクセント, 強音, なまり, 話し振りJapanese
  • 강세Korean
  • kirtisLithuanian
  • на́гласок, акце́нт, нагла́сува, акценти́ра, прим, нагласокMacedonian
  • klemtoon, uitspraak, accent, accentteken, accentueren, beklemtonen, tongvalDutch
  • aksentuere, trykk, aksent, uttale, tonefall, betoning, merkeNorwegian
  • akcent, naciskPolish
  • linha, tonicidade, acento, sotaquePortuguese
  • accent, intonațieRomanian
  • акце́нт, [[ста́вить]] [[ударе́ние]], штрих, [[знак]] [[ударение, [[поста́вить]] [[ударе́ние]], подчеркну́ть, подчёркивать, ударе́ние, [[проставля́ть]] [[ударе́ние]], [[проста́вить]] [[ударе́ние]], акценти́роватьRussian
  • atzentuSardinian
  • naglasak, нагласакSerbo-Croatian
  • prízvukSlovak
  • naglàs, naglasiti, poudaritiSlovene
  • accent, accentuera, betoning, betona, brytningSwedish
  • శైలి, యాసTelugu
  • vurgulamak, şive, ağız, vurgu, aksanTurkish
  • на́голосUkrainian
  • kazetamalVolapük

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    a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)
    • A. contribution
    • B. substitute
    • C. disguise
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