long a

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long a (plural long a's)

  1. (phonics) The vowel sound in the words "game" and "cake", signified by the silent e; /eɪ/.
  2. (linguistics, especially Britain) The vowel sound in the English words bath and castle when pronounced with a open back unrounded vowel (/ɑː/); associated with southern England accents.

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