- The definition of a syllable is a part of a word that is pronounced with one uninterrupted sound.
An example of syllable is "kit" in the word kitchen.
syllable definition by Webster's New World
- a word or part of a word pronounced with a single, uninterrupted sounding of the voice; unit of pronunciation, consisting of a single sound of great sonority (usually a vowel) and generally one or more sounds of lesser sonority (usually consonants)
- any of the parts into which a written word is often divided, as at the end of a line, in approximate conformity to the spoken syllables: in this dictionary, recommended divisions at the end of a line are shown by centered dots
- the least bit of expression; slightest detail, as of something said
Origin: Middle English sillable ; from Old French sillabe ; from Classical Latin syllaba ; from Classical Greek syllabē, a syllable, literally , that which holds together ; from syllambanein, to join ; from syn-, together plush lambanein, to hold ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)lagw-, to grasp from source latch
syllable definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A unit of spoken language consisting of a single uninterrupted sound formed by a vowel, diphthong, or syllabic consonant alone, or by any of these sounds preceded, followed, or surrounded by one or more consonants.b. One or more letters or phonetic symbols written or printed to approximate a spoken syllable.
- The slightest bit of spoken or written expression: Do not alter a syllable of this message.
Origin: Middle English sillable, from Anglo-Norman, alteration of Old French sillabe, from Latin syllaba, from Greek sullabē, from sullabein, second aorist of sullambanein, to combine in pronunciation : sun-, syn- + lambanein, to take.