disyllable
also dissyllable noun Etymology: part translation of Middle French dissilabe, from Latin disyllabus having two syllables, from Greek disyllabos, from di- + syllabē syllable Date: 1589 a linguistic form consisting of two syllables • disyllabic adjective

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  • disyllable — [dī sil′ə bəl, dī′sil΄ə bəl; ] also [ di sil′ə bəl] n. [altered (by analogy with SYLLABLE) < Fr dissyllabe < L disyllabus < Gr disyllabos, of two syllables < di , two + syllabē, SYLLABLE] a word of two syllables disyllabic [dī΄si… …   English World dictionary

  • disyllable — /duy sil euh beuhl, duy sil , di /, n. a word of two syllables. Also, dissyllable. [1580 90; DI 1 + SYLLABLE; cf. Gk disýllabos of two syllables; var. dissyllable has ss < MF dissilabe] * * * …   Universalium

  • disyllable — noun /daɪˈsɪləbl/ A word comprising two syllables. See Also: disyllabic …   Wiktionary

  • disyllable — [dʌɪ sɪləb(ə)l, dʌɪsɪl ] (also dissyllable dɪ sɪləb(ə)l) noun Prosody a word or metrical foot consisting of two syllables. Derivatives disyllabic ˌdʌɪsɪ labɪk adjective Origin C16: alt. (influenced by syllable) of Fr …   English new terms dictionary

  • disyllable — di·syllable …   English syllables

  • disyllable — di•syl•la•ble [[t]ˈdaɪˌsɪl ə bəl, daɪˈsɪl , dɪ [/t]] also dissyllable n. phn a word of two syllables • Etymology: 1580–90; < Gk disýllabos of two syllables; see di I, syllable di•syl•lab•ic ˌdaɪ sɪˈlæb ɪk, ˌdɪs ɪ adj …   From formal English to slang

  • disyllable — /dɪˈsɪləbəl/ (say di siluhbuhl) noun a word of two syllables, as virtue. {Latin disyllabus, from Greek disyllabos. See syllable} –disyllabic /dɪsɪˈlæbɪk/ (say disi labik), adjective –disyllabification /dɪsɪˌlæbəfəˈkeɪʃən/ (say disi.labuhfuh… …   Australian English dictionary

  • disyllable —   n. word or verse foot of two syllables.    ♦ disyllabic, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • disyllable — n. (also dissyllable) Prosody a word or metrical foot of two syllables. Derivatives: disyllabic adj. Etymology: F disyllabe f. L disyllabus f. Gk disullabos (as DI (1), SYLLABLE) …   Useful english dictionary

  • dissyllable — variant of disyllable …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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