- Phonetics. an unsegmentable, gliding speech sound varying continuously in phonetic quality but held to be a single sound or phoneme and identified by its apparent beginning and ending sound, as the oi-sound of toy or boil.
- (not in technical use)
- a digraph, as the ea of meat.
- a ligature, as æ.
- to diphthongize.
Origin of diphthong
Examples from the Web for diphthong
"Scarlet Velvet" and "Diphthong" gained the Aberdeenshire challenge-cup in 1862-63.Cattle and Cattle-breeders
He could not reconcile this kind of diphthong living with his notions of piety.A Circuit Rider's Wife
The "i" represents, however, the Greek diphthong ει, and is long.
In bead we have not a single vowel, but a kind of diphthong.The Sounds of Spoken English
Consider, for example, the pronunciation of the diphthong oi.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
- a vowel sound, occupying a single syllable, during the articulation of which the tongue moves from one position to another, causing a continual change in vowel quality, as in the pronunciation of a in English late, during which the tongue moves from the position of (e) towards (ɪ)
- a digraph or ligature representing a composite vowel such as this, as ae in Caesar
Word Origin and History for diphthong
late 15c., from Middle French diphthongue, from Late Latin diphthongus, from Greek diphthongos "having two sounds," from di- "double" (see di- (1)) + phthongos "sound, voice," related to phthengesthai "utter, speak loudly."