diphthong
[ dif-thawng ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Late Middle English; Greek from French diphtongue, via late Latin from Greek diphthongos, from di- ‘twice’ + phthongos ‘voice, sound’
Synonyms
  • affricate
  • click
  • consonant
  • fricative
  • implosive
  • liquid
  • phone
  • sonant
Antonyms
  • synaeresis
Definition
a sound formed by the combination of two vowels in a single syllable, in which the sound begins as one vowel and moves toward another (as in coin, loud, and side)
Example
The English teacher asked her students to identify the diphthong in the word "meat."
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