accent
I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle French accenter, from accent intonation, from Latin accentus, from ad- + cantus song — more at chant Date: 1530 1. a. to pronounce with accent ; stress b. to mark with a written or printed accent 2. to give prominence to ; make more prominent II. noun Date: 1530 1. an articulative effort giving prominence to one syllable over adjacent syllables; also the prominence thus given a syllable 2. a distinctive manner of expression: as a. an individual's distinctive or characteristic inflection, tone, or choice of words — usually used in plural b. a way of speaking typical of a particular group of people and especially of the natives or residents of a region 3. rhythmically significant stress on the syllables of a verse usually at regular intervals 4. archaic utterance 5. a. a mark (as ˊ, ˋ, ˆ) used in writing or printing to indicate a specific sound value, stress, or pitch, to distinguish words otherwise identically spelled, or to indicate that an ordinarily mute vowel should be pronounced b. an accented letter 6. a. greater stress given to one musical tone than to its neighbors b. accent mark 2 7. a. emphasis laid on a part of an artistic design or composition b. an emphasized detail or area; especially a small detail in sharp contrast with its surroundings c. a substance or object used for emphasis 8. a mark placed to the right of a letter or number and usually slightly above it: as a. a double prime b. prime 9. special concern or attention ; emphasis <
an accent on youth
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accentless adjective

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  • accent — [ aksɑ̃ ] n. m. • 1265; lat. accentus I ♦ 1 ♦ Augmentation d intensité de la voix sur un son, dans la parole (accent d intensité dit à tort accent tonique, les deux accents étant difficiles à distinguer en latin). Mus. Mise en relief d un point… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • accent — ACCÉNT, accente, s.n. 1. Pronunţare mai intensă, pe un ton mai înalt etc. a unei silabe dintr un cuvânt sau a unui cuvânt dintr un grup sintactic. ♦ Semn grafic pus de obicei deasupra unei vocale pentru a marca această pronunţare sau altă… …   Dicționar Român

  • accent — ACCENT. s. m. Infléxion de la voix, maniére de prononcer. Il n a point de mauvais accent. on connoist à son accent de quelle Province il est. accent Normand. accent Gascon. On dit poëtiquement. Les accens de la voix. tristes accens. accens… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • accent — 1. The noun is stressed on the first syllable and the verb (meaning ‘to lay stress on, to emphasize’ in various senses) on the second. 2. In general use, an accent is ‘individual, local, or national mode of pronunciation’, as in a Scottish accent …   Modern English usage

  • accent — Accent. m. Est pur Latin, et signifie l elevation, ou rabbaissement, ou contour de la voix en prononçant quelque diction, Accentus, et consequemment signifie les virgules et marques apposées aux mots indicans les endroits d iceux où il faut… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Accent — Ac cent , n. [F. accent, L. accentus; ad + cantus a singing, canere to sing. See {Cant}.] 1. A superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon some particular syllable of a word or a phrase, distinguishing it from the others. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Accent — may refer to:peech and language* Accent (linguistics), pronunciation common to a certain language dialect * Stress (linguistics), tone levels and emphasis used in many languages to provide information when using the language * Stress (phonology)… …   Wikipedia

  • accent — [ak′sent΄; ] chiefly Brit [, ak′sənt; ] for v. [, ak′sent΄, ak sent′] n. [Fr < L accentus < ad , to + cantus, pp. of canere, to sing: a L rendering of Gr prosōidia (see PROSODY), orig. referring to the pitch scheme of Gr verse] 1. the… …   English World dictionary

  • Accent — (v. lat.), 1) Hebung u. Senkung der Laute durch die Stimme; entweder von mechanischen od. oratorischen Ursachen herrührend, u. daher grammatischer od. Wort , u. oratorischer od. Rede A.; 2) Zeichen dieser Betonung. Der grammatische od. Wort A.,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Accent — Ac*cent , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Accented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Accenting}.] [OF. accenter, F. accentuer.] [1913 Webster] 1. To express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent. [1913 Webster] 2. To mark… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Accent — wird in folgenden Zusammenhängen verwendet: französisches Wort für das Akzentzeichen Accent, ehemalige niederländische politische Wochenzeitschrift ein Automodell, siehe Hyundai Accent Siehe auch: Akzent …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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