Umlaut meaning

o͝om'lout'
To write or print (a vowel) with an umlaut.
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The diacritic mark (¨) placed over a vowel to indicate an umlaut, especially in German.
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To modify by umlaut.
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The diacritical mark (¨) placed over a vowel, esp. in German, to indicate umlaut.
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To modify the sound of (a vowel) or write (a vowel) with an umlaut.
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(linguistics) An assimilatory process whereby a vowel is pronounced more like a following vocoid that is separated by one or more consonants.
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(linguistics) The umlaut process (as above) that occurred historically in Germanic languages whereby back vowels became front vowels when followed by syllable containing a front vocoid (e.g. Germanic lūsiz > Old English lȳs(i) > Modern English lice).
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(linguistics) A vowel so assimilated.
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(orthography) The diacritical mark (¨) placed over a vowel, usually when it indicates such assimilation.
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To place an umlaut over a vowel.
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Origin of umlaut

  • German um- around, alteration (from Middle High German umb-) (from umbe) (from Old High German umbi ambhi in Indo-European roots) Laut sound (from Middle High German lūt) (from Old High German hlūt kleu- in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Borrowing from German Umlaut, from um (“around") + Laut (“sound"), from Old High German hlut.
    From Wiktionary