Origin of ablaut
Examples 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
Word Origin for ablaut
Word Origin and History for ablaut
"systematic vowel alteration in the root of a word to indicate shades of meaning or tense," a characteristic of Indo-European languages, 1849, from German Ablaut, literally "off-sound," coined by J.P. Zweigel in 1568 from ab "off" + Laut "sound, tone," from Old High German hlut (see listen). Popularized by Jacob Grimm.