circumflex

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Learned borrowing from Latin circumflexus (bent about), calqued from Ancient Greek περισπώμενος (perispṓmenos, drawn around).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

circumflex (plural circumflexes)

  1. A diacritical mark (ˆ) placed over a vowel in the orthography or transliteration of many languages to change its pronunciation; while in some other languages over a consonant.
    Synonym: circumflex accent

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AdjectiveEdit

circumflex

  1. Having a circumflex mark.
    ê is e circumflex.
  2. Curving around.
    The circumflex coronary artery

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VerbEdit

circumflex (third-person singular simple present circumflexes, present participle circumflexing, simple past and past participle circumflexed)

  1. To mark or pronounce with a circumflex.
    to circumflex a syllable
    • 1791, John Walker, Critical Pronouncing Dictionary:
      those words [] circumflexed on the last syllabe

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