- The definition of an accent is a syllable or word that stands out from the others when spoken.
An example of accent would be the loudest part of a word.
- Accent means to give importance or attention to something.
An example of accent would be a public peaker who emphasizes key points.
- the emphasis (by stress, pitch, or both) given to a particular syllable or word when it is spoken
- a mark used in writing or printing to show the placing and kind of this emphasis, as in the primary () and secondary () accenting of English (accelerator, academically, etc.)
- a mark used to distinguish between various sounds represented by the same letter: in French there are acute (´), grave (`), and circumflex (^) accents
- the pitch contour of a phrase
- a distinguishing regional or national manner of pronunciation: Irish accent, Southern accent
- a manner of articulating the sounds of another language that is influenced by the phonology of one's native language: speaking Russian with a heavy Midwestern American accent
- [often pl.] a voice modulation expressive of an emotion: accents of love
- [pl.]Old Poet. speech; words; utterance: in accents mild
- a distinguishing style of expression
- a striking or prominent feature of any artistic composition: the classical accent of a pillar
- an object or detail that lends emphasis, as by contrast with that which surrounds it
- special emphasis or attention: to put the accent on highway construction
- a mark used with a number or letter, as in mathematics to indicate a variable (a), or in measurement of length (10? 5?, ten feet five inches) or of time (3? 16?, three minutes sixteen seconds)
- emphasis or stress on a note or chord
- a mark or sign showing this
- rhythmic stress or beat
Origin of accentFrench from Classical Latin accentus from ad-, to + cantus, past participle of canere, to sing: a Classical Latin rendering of Classical Greek pros?idia (see prosody), origin, originally referring to the pitch scheme of Classical Greek verse
- to pronounce (a syllable, word, or phrase) with special stress
- to mark with an accent
- to emphasize
- The relative prominence of a particular syllable of a word by greater intensity or by variation or modulation of pitch or tone.
- Vocal prominence or emphasis given to a particular syllable, word, or phrase.
- A characteristic pronunciation, especially:a. One determined by the regional or social background of the speaker.b. One determined by the phonetic habits of the speaker's native language carried over to his or her use of another language.
- A mark or symbol used in the printing and writing of certain languages to indicate the vocal quality to be given to a particular letter: an acute accent.
- A mark or symbol used in printing and writing to indicate the stressed syllables of a spoken word.
- Rhythmically significant stress in a line of verse.
- Music a. Emphasis or prominence given to a note or chord, as by an increase in volume or extended duration.b. A mark representing this.
- Mathematics a. A mark used as a superscript to distinguish among variables represented by the same symbol.b. A mark used as a superscript to indicate the first derivative of a variable.
- A mark or one of several marks used as a superscript to indicate a unit, such as feet (&minute;) and inches (&second;) in linear measurement.
- a. A distinctive feature or quality, such as a feature that accentuates, contrasts with, or complements a decorative style.b. Something that accentuates or contrasts something else, as a touch of color that makes the features of an image stand out.
- Particular importance or interest; emphasis: The accent is on comfort. See Synonyms at emphasis.
transitive verbac·cent·ed, ac·cent·ing, ac·cents
- To stress or emphasize the pronunciation of: accented the first syllable in “debacle.”
- To mark with a printed accent.
- To focus attention on; accentuate: a program that accents leadership development.
Origin of accentMiddle English from Old French from Latin accentus accentuation ad- ad- cantus song ( from canere to sing ; see kan- in Indo-European roots.)
- (linguistics) A higher-pitched or stronger articulation of a particular syllable of a word or phrase in order to distinguish it from the others or to emphasize it.
- In the word "careful", the accent is placed on the first syllable.
- (figuratively) Emphasis or importance in general.
- At this hotel, the accent is on luxury.
- (orthography) A mark or character used in writing, in order to indicate the place of the spoken accent, or to indicate the nature or quality of the vowel marked.
- The name Cézanne is written with an acute accent.
- (linguistics) Modulation of the voice in speaking; the manner of speaking or pronouncing; a peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice, expressing emotion; tone.
- a foreign accent; a French or a German accent
- A word; a significant tone or sound.
- (usually plural only) Expressions in general; speech.
- (prosody, poetry) Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.
- (music) A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure.
- (music) A special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure.
- (music) The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period.
- (music) The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage.
- (music) A mark used to represent specific stress on a note.
- (mathematics) 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''.
- (geometry) A mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc., as in 12' 27'', meaning twelve minutes and twenty-seven seconds.
- (engineering) A mark used to denote feet and inches, as in 6' 10'', meaning six feet ten inches.
- Emphasis laid on a part of an artistic design or composition; an emphasized detail, in particular a detail in sharp contrast to its surroundings.
- A very small gemstone set into a piece of jewellery.
- A distinctive feature or quality.
- (archaic) Utterance.
(third-person singular simple present accents, present participle accenting, simple past and past participle accented)
- To express the accent of vocally; to utter with accent.
- To mark emphatically; to emphasize; to accentuate; to make prominent.
- To mark with written accents.