Diphthong meaning

dĭfthông, -thŏng, dĭp-
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The definition of a diphthong is a vowel sound made by gliding from one vowel sound to the next.

An example of a dipthong is the oa in the word coat.

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Either of the ligatures æ or œ, pronounced as diphthongs in classical Latin.
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(phonetics) A complex vowel sound that begins with the sound of one vowel and ends with the sound of another vowel, in the same syllable.

For example: "ae", "au", "ou"

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A complex speech sound or glide that begins with one vowel and gradually changes to another vowel within the same syllable, as (oi) in boil or (ī) in fine.
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A complex vowel sound made by gliding continuously from the position for one vowel to that for another within the same syllable, as ( = ä→u) in down, (ī = ä→ē) in ride, ( = ô→ē) in boy.
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(rare) A vowel digraph or ligature.
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Origin of diphthong

  • Middle English diptonge from Old French diptongue from Late Latin diphthongus from Greek diphthongos di- two di–1 phthongos sound

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French diphtongue, from Ancient Greek δίφθογγος (diphthongos, “two sounds”), from δίς (dis, “twice”) + φθόγγος (phthongos, “sound”).

    From Wiktionary