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Definition of Accent


  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.
  2. A mark or character used in writing, and serving to regulate the pronunciation; esp.: (a) a mark to indicate the nature and place of the spoken accent; (b) a mark to indicate the quality of sound of the vowel marked; as, the French accents.
  3. Modulation of the voice in speaking; manner of speaking or pronouncing; peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice; tone; as, a foreign accent; a French or a German accent.
  4. A word; a significant tone
  5. expressions in general; speech.
  6. Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.
  7. A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure.
  8. A special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure.
  9. The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period.
  10. The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage.
  11. 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''.
  12. A mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc.; as, 12'27'', i. e., twelve minutes twenty seven seconds.
  13. A mark used to denote feet and inches; as, 6' 10'' is six feet ten inches.
  14. To express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent.
  15. To mark emphatically; to emphasize.
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Accent Translations

accent in Afrikaans is beklemtoon
accent in Dutch is accentueren, beklemtonen
accent in Finnish is mahtipontisuus
accent in French is emphase, souligner, accentuer, accent
accent in German is betonen, Betonung, Akzent {m}, Akzent {m}
accent in Italian is accento, accentuare
accent in Norwegian is aksent, tonefall, uttale
accent in Spanish is reforzar, acento
accent in Swedish is brytning, accent, tonfall, betoning