noun Etymology: tri- + -phthong (as in diphthong) Date: circa 1599 1. a phonological unit consisting of three successive vocalic sounds in one syllable 2. trigraphtriphthongal adjective

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  • Triphthong — Triph thong, n. [Pref. tri + phthong, as in diphthong: cf. F. triphthonque.] (Ortho[ e]py) A combination of three vowel sounds in a single syllable, forming a simple or compound sound; also, a union of three vowel characters, representing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Triphthong — (v. gr.), ein aus drei einfachen Lautenzusammengesetzter Laut; nur in einigen germanischen Sprachen u. zwar in den neueren nachzuweisen; z.B. mittelniederländisch aeu, neuniederländisch ieu, oei …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • triphthong — [trif′thôŋ] n. [ TRI + (DI)PHTHONG] 1. a complex vowel sound involving three continuous vowel sounds in one syllable (Ex.: fire, as in the British pronunciation, IPA [fa I ə]) 2. loosely a trigraph triphthongal [trip′thôŋ′gəl] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Triphthong — Ein Triphthong (von griechisch τρίφθογγος, tri „drei“ und phthóngos „Laut“) ist ein Dreifachlaut aus drei Vokallauten, zum Beispiel [jaw], wie in der Interjektion „Miau“. Liegt aber zwischen zwei Vokalen eine Silbengrenze (ist es also kein… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Triphthong — In phonetics, a triphthong (from Greek τρίφθογγος , triphthongos , literally with three sounds, or with three tones ) is a monosyllabic vowel combination involving a quick but smooth movement of the articulator from one vowel quality to another… …   Wikipedia

  • Triphthong — См. trittongo …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • triphthong — См. trittongo …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • triphthong — triphthongal /trif thawng geuhl, thong , trip /, adj. /trif thawng, thong, trip /, n. 1. Phonet. a monosyllabic speech sound sequence perceived as being made up of three differing vowel qualities, as the pronunciation of our, esp. in r dropping… …   Universalium

  • triphthong — noun A monosyllabic vowel combination usually involving a quick but smooth movement from one vowel to another that passes over a third one …   Wiktionary

  • Triphthong — Tri|phthọng auch: Triph|thọng 〈m. 1; Sprachw.〉 = Dreilaut [<grch. tri... „drei...“ + phthongos „Ton, Klang, Laut“] * * * Tri|ph|thọng, der; [e]s, e [zu griech. tri = drei , geb. nach ↑ Diphthong] (Sprachwiss.): aus drei… …   Universal-Lexikon

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