- a foghorn producing a low-pitched, penetrating signal of two tones.
- a phoneme in one dialect corresponding to a similar but phonetically different phoneme in a related dialect.
- a group of sounds comprising all the phonetically different dialectal variants of a given phoneme in a language: The broad a and flat a of “half” are members of a single diaphone.
Origin of diaphone
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- the set of all realizations of a given phoneme in a language
- one of any number of corresponding sounds in different dialects of a language
- a foghorn that emits a two-toned signal
C20: from dia (lect) + phone ²
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