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Diphthong meaning

diphthong - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. To form or pronounce as a diphthong; diphthongize.
  2. 2. A coalition or union of two vowel sounds pronounced in one syllable; as, ou in out, oi in noise; - called a proper diphthong.
  3. 3. A vowel digraph; a union of two vowels in the same syllable, only one of them being sounded; as, ai in rain, eo in people; - called an improper diphthong.
  4. 4. Union of two vowel- sounds in one syllable.

diphthong - examples of usage

  1. " Scarlet Velvet" and " Diphthong" gained the Aberdeenshire challenge- cup in 1862- 63. At his annual sales his bull calves bring high prices; for some as much as sixty, eighty, and a hundred guineas each have been paid. - "Cattle and Cattle-breeders", William M'Combie.
  2. A diphthong is a union of two vocals, commencing with one and ending with the other. - "McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader", William Holmes McGuffey.
  3. A forms a diphthong only with i or y, and u or w. - "A Grammar of the English Tongue", Samuel Johnson.
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