Other Word Forms of Accent
Origin of Accent
First attested in the late 14th century. (The "decorative" sense is first attested in 1972.) From Middle French accent, from Old French acent, from Latin accentus, formed from ad + cantus (“song”) with a vowel change.
Middle English from Old French from Latin accentus accentuation ad- ad- cantus song (from canere to sing kan- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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