[ ahb-lout, ab-; German ahp-lout ]
/ ˈɑb laʊt, ˈæb-; German ˈɑp laʊt /
(in Indo-European languages) regular alternation in the internal phonological structure of a word element, especially alternation of a vowel, that is coordinated with a change in grammatical function or combination, as in English sing, sang, sung, song; apophony.
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Origin of ablaut
1840–50; < German, equivalent to ab- off + Laut sound
Words nearby ablaut
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Example sentences from the Web for ablaut
The strong verbs form their preterite (originally the perfect) and past participle by means of ablaut ( 12).A Middle High German Primer|Joseph Wright
British Dictionary definitions for ablaut
/ (ˈæblaʊt, German ˈaplaut) /
linguistics vowel gradation, esp in Indo-European languagesSee gradation (def. 5)
Word Origin for ablaut
German, coined 1819 by Jakob Grimm from ab off + Laut sound
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