(English pronunciation) Any of the vowels or diphthongs resulting from the Great Vowel Shift's effect on Middle English's original long vowels, and best exhibited in the names of the vowel letters A, E, I, O, U. In American lexicography their pronunciation is indicated by a macron, as, ē.
A vowel which is normally pronounced somewhat longer than other vowels (usually around 1½ to double length); represented in the IPA by the addition of a colon-like symbol, as, /aː/.
Long-vowel Sentence Examples
He paid especial attention to orthography, and sought to differentiate the meanings of cases of like ending by distinctive marks (the apex to indicate a long vowel is attributed to him).
A long vowel when unaccented counts short, thus peccatorem treated as *peccatorem, gave pechadur.
In many varieties of the Greek alphabet this symbol was used, as it always was in Latin, for the long as well as the short o-sound and also for the long vowel (in the Ionic alphabet written ov) which arose from contraction of two vowels or the loss of a consonant (57jXoUTE=677XOere, o'lxovs = oircovs).
The long vowel becomes more rounded as it is being pronounced, so that it ends in a u-sound, though this is not so noticeable in weak syllables like the final syllable of follow.
Long Vowels-Pick the correct long vowel of a word.