a short, straight mark (¯) placed over a vowel to indicate that it is long or is to be pronounced in a certain way
Origin of macronClassical Greek makron, neuter of makros, long: see macro-
- A symbol (&thin;¯on;&thin;) placed over a vowel to show that it has a long sound.
- The horizontal mark (&thin;¯on;&thin;) used to indicate a stressed or long syllable in a foot of verse.
Origin of macronGreek makron, from neuter of makros, long; see māk- in Indo-European roots.
- The pronunciation măkʹrŏn (with a short, rather than a long, a) is the one that is etymologically consistent in terms of vowel quantity; the α in μακρόν (makron) is pronounced short, as [a].
- Macra is a rare plural.
From the Ancient Greek μακρόν (makron), neuter form of μακρός (makros, “long”) (English macro-).