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Definition of Syllable

Syllable

  1. An elementary sound, or a combination of elementary sounds, uttered together, or with a single effort or impulse of the voice, and constituting a word or a part of a word. In other terms, it is a vowel or a diphtong, either by itself or flanked by one or more consonants, the whole produced by a single impulse or utterance. One of the liquids, l, m, n, may fill the place of a vowel in a syllable. Adjoining syllables in a word or phrase need not to be marked off by a pause, but only by such an abatement and renewal, or reenforcement, of the stress as to give the feeling of separate impulses. See Guide to Pronunciation, /275.
  2. In writing and printing, a part of a word, separated from the rest, and capable of being pronounced by a single impulse of the voice. It may or may not correspond to a syllable in the spoken language.
  3. A small part of a sentence or discourse; anything concise or short; a particle.
  4. To pronounce the syllables of; to utter; to articulate.

Syllable Quotations

In many traditions, the world was sung into being: Aboriginal Australians believe their ancestors did so. In Hindu and Buddhist thought, Om was the seed syllable that created the world.
Jay Griffiths

I loathe hecklers. I haven't got a good syllable to say. When you come out of the club circuit and into the concert hall, they should be gone. There's an element of manners that should tell you that the ticket is dear and it's a different venue.
Billy Connolly

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
Victor Hugo

There is not, in the Constitution, a syllable that implies that persons, born within the territorial limits of the United States, have allegiance imposed upon them on account of their birth in the country, or that they will be judged by any different rule, on the subject of treason, than persons of foreign birth.
Lysander Spooner

As Chloe, I can honestly say I've never uttered a syllable of a curse word, not even behind closed doors.
Chloe Grace Moretz
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Syllable Translations

syllable in Dutch is lettergreep, syllabe
syllable in French is syllabe
syllable in German is Silbe
syllable in Italian is sillaba
syllable in Swedish is stavelse