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Meaning of DIPHTHONG

Pronunciation:  'difthong

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a vowel sound that starts near the articulatory position for one vowel and moves toward the position for another
 

DIPHTHONG is a 9 letter word that starts with D.

 

 See Also: vowel, vowel sound

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Diph"thong\ (?; 115, 277), n. [L. diphthongus, Gr. ?;
    di- = di`s- twice + ? voice, sound, fr. ? to utter a sound:
    cf. F. diphthongue.] (Ortho["e]py)
       (a) A coalition or union of two vowel sounds pronounced in
           one syllable; as, ou in out, oi in noise; -- called a
           {proper diphthong}.
       (b) A vowel digraph; a union of two vowels in the same
           syllable, only one of them being sounded; as, ai in
           rain, eo in people; -- called an {improper diphthong}.
    
    
  2. \Diph"thong\, v. t.
    To form or pronounce as a diphthong; diphthongize. [R.]
    
    
 
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