Middle English and Middle French sillabe, from Latin syllaba, from Ancient Greek συλλαβή (sullabē), from συλλαμβάνω (sullambanō, “I gather together”), from συν- (sun-, “together”) + λαμβάνω (lambanō, “I take”).
syllable (plural syllables)
- (linguistics) A unit of human speech that is interpreted by the listener as a single sound, although syllables usually consist of one or more vowel sounds, either alone or combined with the sound of one or more consonants; a word consists of one or more syllables.
- The written representation of a given pronounced syllable.
- A small part of a sentence or discourse; anything concise or short; a particle.
- Before any syllable of the law of God was written.
- Who dare speak / One syllable against him?
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