- 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.
Origin of accent
OTHER WORDS FROM accent
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH accent1. accent , stress2. accent , accentuate, assent
How to use accent in a sentence
Remotely, Wilson offered tips on line emphasis, sound designer John Gromada supervised the recording, and dialect coach Rachel Hirshorn-Johnston offered encouragement on accents.Theaters are shut, but ‘A Christmas Carol’ is forever. The endless variety online proves it.|Peter Marks|December 17, 2020|Washington Post
Gilroy wasn’t sure at first whether Ahmed could scrub his accent and elegant demeanor to play “this Valley kid who slept on benches,” the prey animal to Lou’s predator.Riz Ahmed knows his worth. With the gut-wrenching ‘Sound of Metal,’ he ensures you do, too.|Sonia Rao|December 3, 2020|Washington Post
I work a lot internationally, and I have a good ear for accents.Date Lab update: Their boots matched, at least! Here’s what happened next.|Damona Hoffman|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
Blairstone has made dozens of custom wall accents that speak to each individual owner’s story.How to Bring This Portland Restaurant’s Colorful Outdoor Oasis to Your Home|Emma Orlow|October 30, 2020|Eater
None of these positions nor any job listings that require “neutral accents” are up currently.Is It the Way I Talk? Hiring discrimination based on an accent is illegal.|Truthbetold|January 25, 2020|TruthBeTold.news
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 squints slightly, has a squared jaw, and speaks in British-accented English, the product of a boarding school education.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo|Nina Strochlic|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Anne Marie was in her element, jabbering away in heavily accented Liberian English, the center of attention.The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola|Sarah Crowe|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why, they might even switch to amiable, Texas-accented, 77-year-old Schieffer, the television equivalent of comfort food.Jon Stewart and 'Meet The Press' Would Have Been One Unhappy Marriage|Lloyd Grove|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of most interest are the English-speaking narrator and a masked American-accented combatant featured in the film.How ISIS Ripped Off ‘Natural Born Killers'|Jamie Dettmer|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A clear instance of a line beginning with an accented syllable is seen in l. 23—'Slp', and ths melncol.'
Pouerte can be pronounced povrt'; accented on the second syllable, and with the final e elided.
The metrical accent or ictus was marked in ancient notation by points placed over the accented syllable.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music|David Binning Monro
There are numerous spelling inconsistencies in proper and place names as well as within accented characters.Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846|James Richardson
In “Hiawatha” the accented syllable comes first, and the unaccented follows it.English: Composition and Literature|W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
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