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First attested in the late 14th century. (The "decorative" sense is first attested in 1972.) From Middle French accent, from Old French acent, from Latin accentus, formed from ad + cantus (“song”) with a vowel change.
accent (plural accents)
- (linguistics) A higher-pitched or stronger articulation of a particular syllable of a word or phrase in order to distinguish it from the others or to emphasize it.
- In the word "careful", the accent is placed on the first syllable.
- (figuratively) Emphasis or importance in general.
- At this hotel, the accent is on luxury.
- (orthography) A mark or character used in writing, in order to indicate the place of the spoken accent, or to indicate the nature or quality of the vowel marked.
- The name Cézanne is written with an acute accent.
- (linguistics) Modulation of the voice in speaking; the manner of speaking or pronouncing; a peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice, expressing emotion; tone.
- a foreign accent; a French or a German accent
- 1608, William Shakespeare, King Lear, II-ii
- I know, sir, I am no flatterer: he that beguiled you in a plain accent was a plain knave; which for my part I will not be, though I should win your displeasure to entreat me to 't.
- 1696, Matthew Prior, "From Celia to Damon", in Poems on Several Occasions
- The tender Accent of a Woman's Cry / Will pass unheard, will unregarded die;
- A word; a significant tone or sound.
- (usually plural only) Expressions in general; speech.
- Winds! on your wings to Heaven her accents bear, / Such words as Heaven alone is fit to hear.
- (prosody, poetry) Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.
- (music) A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure.
- (music) A special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure.
- (music) The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period.
- (music) The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage.
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- (music) A mark used to represent specific stress on a note.
- (mathematics) A mark placed at the right hand of a letter, and a little above it, to distinguish magnitudes of a similar kind expressed by the same letter, but differing in value, as y', y''.
- (geometry) A mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc., as in 12' 27'', meaning twelve minutes and twenty-seven seconds.
- (engineering) A mark used to denote feet and inches, as in 6' 10'', meaning six feet ten inches.
- Emphasis laid on a part of an artistic design or composition; an emphasized detail, in particular a detail in sharp contrast to its surroundings.
- A very small gemstone set into a piece of jewellery.
- A distinctive feature or quality.
- (archaic) Utterance.
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- (transitive) To express the accent of vocally; to utter with accent.
- (transitive) To mark emphatically; to emphasize; to accentuate; to make prominent.
- (transitive) To mark with written accents.
- accent (a nonstandard way of pronouncing, a mark used in writing, a stronger articulation)
- accent (nonstandard way of pronouncing)
accent m (plural accents)
- accent, manner or tone of speech
- (linguistics) an accent symbol
- (linguistics) accent, stress
- (music) strain, section
accent m (plural accents)
- an accent
- baric, ðæt ys hefig accent — baric, that is a heavy accent
- 1916, John R. Clark, "A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary for the Use of Students", accent
- 2010, J. Bosworth, An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Online (T. N. Toller & Others, Eds.), accent
- an accent, an emphasis, a stress (in articulation)
- an accent, a mark on a letter (grave or acute)
- an accent, a voice influenced by dialect or another language