Variant of dieresis
noun pl. diereses
- the separation of two consecutive vowels, esp. of a diphthong, into two syllables
- a mark (¨) placed over the second of two consecutive vowels to show that it is pronounced in a separate syllable: the dieresis is now usually replaced by a hyphen (reënter, re-enter) or simply omitted (cooperate, naive): the mark is also used, as in this dictionary, to show a certain pronunciation of a vowel (ä, ë, , ü)
- Prosody a slight break or pause in a line of verse, resulting when the end of a metric foot coincides with the end of a word
Origin: LL diaeresis < Gr diairesis, division < diairein, to divide, separate < dia-, apart + hairein, to take: see heresy
- dieretic adjective
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