proper diphthong
Diphthong Diph"thong (?; 115, 277), n. [L. diphthongus, Gr. ?; di- = di`s- twice + ? voice, sound, fr. ? to utter a sound: cf. F. diphthongue.] (Ortho["e]py) (a) A coalition or union of two vowel sounds pronounced in one syllable; as, ou in out, oi in noise; -- called a {proper diphthong}. (b) A vowel digraph; a union of two vowels in the same syllable, only one of them being sounded; as, ai in rain, eo in people; -- called an {improper diphthong}. [1913 Webster]

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  • improper diphthong — Diphthong Diph thong (?; 115, 277), n. [L. diphthongus, Gr. ?; di = di s twice + ? voice, sound, fr. ? to utter a sound: cf. F. diphthongue.] (Ortho[ e]py) (a) A coalition or union of two vowel sounds pronounced in one syllable; as, ou in out, oi …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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