- regularly recurring stress.
- a mark indicating stress or some other distinction in pronunciation or value.
- the unique speech patterns, inflections, choice of words, etc., that identify a particular individual: We recognized his accents immediately. She corrected me in her usual mild accents.
- the distinctive style or tone characteristic of an author, composer, etc.: the unmistakably Brahmsian accents of the sonata; She recognized the familiar accents of Robert Frost in the poem.
- a stress or emphasis given to certain notes.
- a mark noting this.
- stress or emphasis regularly recurring as a feature of rhythm.
- a symbol used to distinguish similar quantities that differ in value, as in b′, b″, b‴ (called b prime, b second or b double prime, b third or b triple prime, respectively).
- a symbol used to indicate a particular unit of measure, as feet (′) or inches (″), minutes (′) or seconds (″).
- a symbol used to indicate the order of a derivative of a function in calculus, as f′ (called f prime) is the first derivative of a function f.
verb (used with object)
Origin of accent
Related Words for accenttone, timbre, inflection, pronunciation, rhythm, cadence, stress, weight, significance, enunciation, force, accentuation, articulation, modulation, stroke, meter, beat, emphasis, intonation, tonality
Examples from the Web for accent
Contemporary Examples of accent
But the people from Valley Stream had such a thick New York accent that was all around me.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
I struck up a conversation with a man in his fifties or sixties who had a Brooklyn accent.I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed
December 17, 2014
He seems miffed that Liv Ullmann would go off and do a musical when he was thinking of putting her, accent and all, in his movie.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Of course, in her Neverland they bleach your teeth so white they glow and Madonna coaches you on your convincing British accent.‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to Life
December 5, 2014
An older white woman, stopped Cook to ask, in strong New York accent, “Oh no, did they let him off?”‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief
December 4, 2014
Historical Examples of accent
How would the first accent of his iron tongue have startled his resurrectionists!A Bell's Biography
Like most educated Russians, he spoke English with barely an accent.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
His accent, which was Kentuckian and therefore Southern, had helped him also.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
The accent upon the pronoun was very faint, but it was there for him to notice if he liked.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
I thought there was something of an English accent in your speech now and then.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
- stress placed on certain notes in a piece of music, indicated by a symbol printed over the note concerned
- the rhythmic pulse of a piece or passage, usually represented as the stress on the first beat of each barSee also syncopation
verb (ækˈsɛnt) (tr)
Word Origin for accent
late 14c., "particular mode of pronunciation," from Middle French accent, from Old French acent (13c.), from Latin accentus "song added to speech," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + cantus "a singing," past participle of canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)). Loan-translation of Greek prosoidia, from pros- "to" + oide "song," which apparently described the pitch scheme in Greek verse. The decorating sense of "something that emphasizes or highlights" is from 1972.
"to pronounce with accent or stress," 1520s, from Middle French accenter, from Old French acenter, from accent (see accent (n.)). Related: Accented; accenting.