- the study of pronunciation; phonology
- the standard pronunciation of a language
Origin of orthoepyModern Latin orthoepia from Classical Greek orthoepeia from orthos, right + epos, a word: see ortho- and epic
- a. The study of the pronunciation of words.b. The study of the relationship between the pronunciation of words and their orthography.
- The customary pronunciation of words.
Origin of orthoepyGreek orthoepeia correctness of diction ortho- ortho- epos epe- word ; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.
- or′tho·ep′ic or′tho·ep′i·cal
- The correct pronunciation of words.
- The study of correct pronunciation.
- The rare ligated spelling orthÅ“py is unetymological. It occurs in some instances of 19th century US English, apparently to indicate the trisyllabic pronunciation prevalent in US English. The oe in orthoepy does not represent either of the etymological diphthongs âŸ¨oeâŸ© (of Latin) or âŸ¨Î¿Î¹âŸ© (oi "” the omicron-iota of Ancient Greek), but rather the two separate vowels âŸ¨Î¿ÎµâŸ© (oe, omicron-epsilon). To mark their separateness, the diÃ¦retic spelling orthoÃ«py is sometimes used.
In English from the 17th century. From Ancient Greek á½€ÏÎ¸Î¿ÎÏ€ÎµÎ¹Î± (orthoepeia, “correct pronunciation"), from á½€ÏÎ¸ÏŒÏ‚ (orthos, “correct") and á¼”Ï€Î¿Ï‚ (epos, “word").