U
U U ([=u]), the twenty-first letter of the English alphabet, is a cursive form of the letter V, with which it was formerly used interchangeably, both letters being then used both as vowels and consonants. U and V are now, however, differentiated, U being used only as a vowel or semivowel, and V only as a consonant. The true primary vowel sound of U, in Anglo-Saxon, was the sound which it still retains in most of the languages of Europe, that of long oo, as in tool, and short oo, as in wood, answering to the French ou in tour. Etymologically U is most closely related to o, y (vowel), w, and v; as in two, duet, dyad, twice; top, tuft; sop, sup; auspice, aviary. See {V}, also {O} and {Y}. [1913 Webster] See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 130-144. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • U — is the twenty first letter in the modern Latin alphabet. Its name in English is spelled u (pronEng|juː). HistoryDuring the late Middle Ages, two forms of v or u developed, which were both used for modern u and v . The pointed form v was written… …   Wikipedia

  • Ū — U macron Ū Graphies Capitale Ū Bas de casse ū Utilisation Alphabets Letton Lituanien Langues …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ü — or ü , is a character which represents either a letter from several extended Latin alphabets, or the letter U with umlaut or diaeresis. Letter Ü The letter Ü occurs in Hungarian, Karelian, Turkish, Estonian, Azeri, Turkmen, Crimean Tatar and Tat …   Wikipedia

  • Ü — o ü , es un carácter que representa tanto una letra de varios alfabetos latinos, como una letra U con umlaut o diéresis. Uso de la Ü (umlaut) Johann Martin Schleyer propuso en Volapük un forma alternativa para Ü, pero raramente es usado. De una …   Wikipedia Español

  • Ŭ — or ŭ is a letter in the Belarusian language, when written in the 20th cent. form of the Belarusian Latin alphabet, and is also a letter in the Esperanto alphabet. The accent mark (diacritic) is known as a breve.This letter should not be confused… …   Wikipedia

  • Ư — is one of the 12 Vietnamese language vowels. It is pronounced as the close central unrounded vowel [Unicode|ɨ] .This symbol does not exist in many fonts, and rarely included on keyboards, so it is often written as either u+ or u*. The VIQR… …   Wikipedia

  • U. — (film) U est un film d animation français réalisé par Serge Elissalde et Grégoire Solotareff, sorti en 2006. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique 3 Distribution …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ŭ — Ŭ, en minúsculas ŭ, (U con breve) es la vigésimosexta letra del alfabeto en esperanto, corresponde a la aproximante labiovelar sonora [w] en el Alfabeto Fonético Internacional. Ŭ es también una letra del idioma bielorruso cuando se escribe usando …   Wikipedia Español

  • Û — is used in the system of cyrillic transliteration as the letter Ю.ee also*Circumflex …   Wikipedia

  • Ú — Úú Der Buchstabe Ú Kleinbuchstabe ú ist ein Buchstabe des lateinischen Alphabets. Er kommt unter anderem im Altnordischen, im Isländischen und Färöischen vor und gilt in diesen Sprachen als ein gesonderter Buchstabe. Weiters wird er auch im… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”