- 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)
- accelerator mass spectrometry,
- accelerator nerve,
- accent mark,
Origin of accent
Examples from the Web for accented
A worn couch sitting squarely before a wood veneer wall, accented by the head of a deer.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project|James Joiner|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“He is beautiful,” one accented passer-by says to the camera.
Mandela kept his temper, spoke civilly in his accented English and did his best for those he represented.Mandela, My Source: One Journalist’s Memory of Clandestine Meetings|Benjamin Pogrund|December 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Long, column dresses in similar floral prints (accented with tassels and sequined bits) came next.Marc Jacobs: Hot & Heavy for Spring 2014 at New York Fashion Week|Isabel Wilkinson|September 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Her face is round, and her dimpled smile is accented by two front teeth that resemble Chiclets.
To maintain an easily searchable text, accented or special characters have been discarded.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa|David Livingstone
Generally, but incorrectly, accented on the second syllable.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1|The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
It is wholly immaterial that one element is accented by one word, and the other by the other two.The Common Law|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The number of subordinate factors which combine with the accented element to make the group is quite indifferent.
The noun compromise is accented like compromised, but mise must be pronounced mice.Conversation|Andrew P. Peabody
- 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.