From Ancient Greek μονόφθογγος (monóphthongos), from μόνος (mónos, “single”) + φθόγγος (phthóngos, “sound”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɒnəfˌθɒŋ(ɡ)/; (proscribed) /ˈmɒnəpˌθɒŋ(ɡ)/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɑnəfˌθɔŋ/; (proscribed) /ˈmɑnəpˌθɔŋ/
- (Canada, US, cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /ˈmɑnəfˌθɑŋ/; (proscribed) /ˈmɑnəpˌθɑŋ/
monophthong (plural monophthongs)
- A vowel (in the sense of a sound rather than a letter of the alphabet) that has the same sound throughout its pronunciation, such as the short vowels in "pap", "pep", "pip", "pop" and "pup", as opposed to a diphthong (eg, /aɪ/, the vowel in "pipe") or a triphthong (eg, /aɪə/, the sound in the non-rhotic pronunciation of "pyre").
vowel that has same sound throughout its pronunciation