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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English accent, from Middle French accent, from Old French acent, from Latin accentus, past participle of accinō (sing to, sing along). The word accent had been borrowed into Old English already, but was lost and reborrowed in Middle English.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

accent (countable and uncountable, plural accents)

  1. (linguistics) A higher-pitched or stronger articulation of a particular syllable of a word or phrase in order to distinguish it from the others or to emphasize it.
    In the word "careful", the accent is placed on the first syllable.
  2. (figuratively) Emphasis or importance in general.
    At this hotel, the accent is on luxury.
  3. (orthography) A mark or character used in writing, in order to indicate the place of the spoken accent, or to indicate the nature or quality of the vowel marked.
    The name Cézanne is written with an acute accent.
  4. Modulation of the voice in speaking; the manner of speaking or pronouncing; a peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice, expressing emotion; tone.
    • 1608, William Shakespeare, King Lear, II-ii
      I know, sir, I am no flatterer: he that beguiled you in a plain accent was a plain knave; which for my part I will not be, though I should win your displeasure to entreat me to 't.
    • 1696, Matthew Prior, "From Celia to Damon", in Poems on Several Occasions
      The tender Accent of a Woman's Cry / Will pass unheard, will unregarded die;
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, volume I, chapter 15:
      And he repeated her words with such assurance of accent, such boastful pretence of amazement, that she could not help replying with quickness …
  5. (linguistics, sociolinguistics) The distinctive manner of pronouncing a language associated with a particular region, social group, etc., whether of a native speaker or a foreign speaker; the phonetic and phonological aspects of a dialect.
    a foreign accent   an American, British or Australian accent
    a broad Irish accent
    a hint of a German accent
  6. (linguistics, sign languages) A distinctive manner of producing a sign language, such as someone who does not normally use a certain sign language might have when using it.
  7. A word; a significant tone or sound.
  8. (usually plural only) Expressions in general; speech.
    • 1697, “Pastoral 3”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432:
      Winds! on your wings to Heaven her accents bear, / Such words as Heaven alone is fit to hear.
  9. (prosody, poetry) Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.
  10. (music) A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure.
  11. (music) A special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure.
  12. (music) The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period.
  13. (music) The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of J. S. Dwight to this entry?)
  14. (music) A mark used to represent specific stress on a note.
  15. (mathematics) A mark placed at the right hand of a letter, and a little above it, to distinguish magnitudes of a similar kind expressed by the same letter, but differing in value, as y', y''.
  16. (geometry) A mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc., as in 12' 27'', meaning twelve minutes and twenty-seven seconds.
  17. (engineering) A mark used to denote feet and inches, as in 6' 10'', meaning six feet ten inches.
  18. Emphasis laid on a part of an artistic design or composition; an emphasized detail, in particular a detail in sharp contrast to its surroundings.
  19. A very small gemstone set into a piece of jewellery.
  20. A distinctive feature or quality.
  21. (archaic) Utterance.

Usage notesEdit

The word "accent" is often used specifically to refer to manners of speech that differ significantly from the local standard or one's personal speech.

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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle French accenter, from Old French accenter, from Latin accentō, from accentus.

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VerbEdit

accent (third-person singular simple present accents, present participle accenting, simple past and past participle accented)

  1. (transitive) To express the accent of vocally; to utter with accent.
  2. (transitive) To mark emphatically; to emphasize; to accentuate; to make prominent.
  3. (transitive) To mark with written accents.
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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin accentus.

NounEdit

accent m (plural accents)

  1. accent

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DanishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From French accentus, from Latin accentus, a calque of Ancient Greek προσῳδία (prosōidía, prosody, accent).

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NounEdit

accent c (singular definite accenten, plural indefinite accenter)

  1. accent (a voice influenced by dialect or another language)
  2. accent (a mark on a letter (like grave or acute))
InflectionEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Latin accentus, a calque of Ancient Greek προσῳδία (prosōidía, prosody, accent).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

accent c (singular definite accenten, plural indefinite accenter)

  1. (linguistics) accent (stress or a pitch in articulation)
  2. accent (emphasis)
  3. accent (a mark on a letter (like grave or acute))
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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch accent, ultimately from Latin accentus.

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NounEdit

accent n (plural accenten, diminutive accentje n)

  1. (linguistics) accent (distinctive pronunciation of a language; phonetic and phonological aspects of a lect)
  2. A notably deviant or disprivileged pronunciation of a language.
  3. (linguistics) accent (contrasting articulation to express emphasis)
  4. (orthography) accent (symbol to indicate spoken accent or the nature of a vowel)
    Synonym: accentteken
  5. (music) accent (stress or emphasis)
  6. (music) A mark that indicates musical accent.
    Synonym: accentteken

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DescendantsEdit

  • Afrikaans: aksent
  • Indonesian: aksen
  • Papiamentu: aksènt

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French accent, from Old French acent, from Latin accentus (accent, tone, accentuation).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

accent m (plural accents)

  1. accent, manner or tone of speech
  2. (linguistics) an accent symbol
  3. (linguistics) accent, stress
  4. (music) strain, section

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NormanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French acent, from Latin accentus, from ad + cantus (song).

NounEdit

accent m (plural accents)

  1. (linguistics) accent, stress

Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French accent (accent, manner or tone of speech), from Middle French accent, from Old French acent, from Latin accentus (accent, tone, accentuation), past participle of accinō (sing to, sing along), from both ad- (to), from ad (to, towards), from Proto-Italic *ad (toward, to, on, up to, for), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éd (to, at) + and from canō (I sing, recite, play), from Proto-Italic *kanō (to sing), from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂n- (to sing).

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NounEdit

accent

  1. Alternative spelling of aksent (accent)
  2. Only used in accent aigu (acute accent)
  3. Only used in accent circonflexe (circumflex)
  4. Only used in accent grave (grave accent)

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Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin accentus.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

accent m

  1. (phonology) accent

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French accent

NounEdit

accent n (plural accente)

  1. emphasis
  2. accent

DeclensionEdit


ScotsEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

accent (plural accents)

  1. accent

SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Ultimately from Latin accentus.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /akːˈsɛnːt/, /akːˈsaŋː/

NounEdit

accent c

  1. an accent, an emphasis, a stress (in articulation)
  2. an accent, a mark on a letter (grave or acute)
  3. an accent, a voice influenced by dialect or another language

DeclensionEdit

Declension of accent 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative accent accenten accenter accenterna
Genitive accents accentens accenters accenternas