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Definition of Accent

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.

Accent Quotations

Yes, I'm blonde. When I started as an actor, because of the accent and my body and my personality, it was not what the stereotype of the Latina woman in Hollywood is, so they didn't know where to put me. The blond hair wasn't matching. The moment I put my hair dark, it was better for my work.
Sofia Vergara

I have a corn creamer that I love. It extracts pulp and juice from kernels, and I simmer that down into a creamed corn that has an almost mashed potato-like consistency. I add butter and hit it with chopped fresh chives at the end for an accent of color.
Nick Offerman

In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking.
Joe Biden

I am trying to make my accent so it won't bother anyone, but I am not going to drive myself crazy trying to pretend I am an American girl when I am from Colombia.
Shakira

When I was starting out, doing guest spots on TV, and even commercials, I would go in with a whole crazy wardrobe and some terrible accent. Obviously, I was doing too much. If you bring too much flavor to it, it's absurd. There's something to just being spontaneous.
James Franco
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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
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