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An example of syllable is "kit" in the word kitchen.
- 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)
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- the least bit of expression; slightest detail, as of something said
Origin of syllableMiddle 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 + lambanein, to hold ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)lagw-, to grasp from source latch
- 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.
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transitive verbsyl·la·bled, syl·la·bling, syl·la·bles
Origin of syllableMiddle 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.
- (linguistics) A unit of human speech that is interpreted by the listener as a single sound, although syllables usually consist of one or more vowel sounds, either alone or combined with the sound of one or more consonants; a word consists of one or more syllables.
- The written representation of a given pronounced syllable.
- A small part of a sentence or discourse; anything concise or short; a particle.
(third-person singular simple present syllables, present participle syllabling, simple past and past participle syllabled)
- (poetic) To utter in syllables.
- Aery tongues that syllable men's names — Milton.
Middle English and Middle French sillabe, from Latin syllaba, from Ancient Greek συλλαβή (sullabē), from συλλαμβάνω (sullambanō, “I gather together”), from συν- (sun-, “together”) + λαμβάνω (lambanō, “I take”).