Macron definition

mākrŏn, -krən, măkrŏn
A symbol (¯) placed over a vowel to show that it has a long sound.
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The horizontal mark (¯) used to indicate a stressed or long syllable in a foot of verse.
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A short, straight mark (¯) placed over a vowel to indicate that it is long or is to be pronounced in a certain way.
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(orthography) A short, straight, horizontal diacritical mark (¯) placed over any of various letters. It usually is used to indicate that the pronunciation of the vowel is long; in Mandarin pinyin (Chinese), it indicates the first tone, e.g. chūzūchē.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
macron
Plural:
macra, macrons

Origin of macron

  • Greek makron from neuter of makros long māk- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From the Ancient Greek μακρόν (makron), neuter form of μακρός (makros, “long”) (English macro-).

    From Wiktionary