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  • IPA(key): /ditˈtɔn.ɡo/, /ditˈton.ɡo/
  • Rhymes: -ɔnɡo, -onɡo
  • Hyphenation: dit‧tòn‧go, dit‧tón‧go

Etymology 1


Borrowed from Late Latin diphthongus, from Ancient Greek δίφθογγος (díphthongos).

Alternative forms




dittongo m (plural dittonghi)

  1. (linguistics) diphthong
    • 1540, Francesco Priscianese, “Delle Sillabe [About syllables]”, in Della lingua romana[1], page 24:
      Et Aut, et Haud, sono parole d'una Sillaba sola similmente, perche in esse è il dittongo, Au.
      And aut and haud are also just one-syllable words, because in them is the diphthong au.
    • 1744, Jacopo Angelo Nelli, “Ⅱ. De’ Dittonghi [2. About Diphthongs]”, in Grammatica italiana: per uso de' giovanetti [Italian Grammar: for use by young people]‎[2], Torino: Stamperia Reale, page 89:
      Il dittongo è l'unione di due lettere vocali in un solo suono
      A diphthong is the union of two vowel letters in a single sound

Further reading

  • dittongo in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Etymology 2


See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.




  1. first-person singular present indicative of dittongare