- 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)
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It really felt like doing an accent even though we’re both Australian.Inside ‘I Am Woman’: A new biopic tells the story of Helen Reddy and her famous song|radmarya|September 10, 2020|Fortune
These accents tend to be the standard form of the language, so, these are usually the pronunciations you hear from mass media, government, business, education … from the dominant social group.
Its founder, Nosipho Maketo-van den Bragt, knew first-hand that there were women in high-flying corporate jobs who needed meticulously-tailored outfits that had colors and accents reflecting a beautiful heritage.South African women are forging new fashion frontiers by embracing their heritage|Norma Young|July 9, 2020|Quartz
None of these companies have a definition of what “neutral accents” mean.
According to one LinkedIn job-listing, a “neutral accent is a must” for the position of sales executive for a cloud services company in San Jose, California, known as Zymr.
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|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I struck up a conversation with a man in his fifties or sixties who had a Brooklyn accent.
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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“You can laugh out there,” he scolded his tormenters, his Boston accent becoming more pronounced.Bill Bratton Scolds Giggling Audience at American Justice Summit|Lloyd Grove|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A third ISIS video shows another man with a Trinidadian accent, a child on his hip.
There was his wife, a woman who greeted me cheerfully in the Scandinavian accent.Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty|Nicholas Vachel Lindsay
With the greatest skill the writers of romance mimic the style and accent of their contemporaries.American Sketches|Charles Whibley
He spoke in a gentle voice and with an accent not unlike that which we call American.The New Gulliver and Other Stories|Barry Pain
The man noticed his accent, looked at him sharply a second, and turned back to the conversation, lowering his voice as he did so.Three Soldiers|John Dos Passos
His French accent, as Sir William records it, was most satisfactory, and a conclusive proof of his bon-fides.In the Name of the Bodleian and Other Essays|Augustine Birrell
British Dictionary definitions for accent
- 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