accent

[noun ak-sent; verb ak-sent, ak-sent]
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noun

verb (used with object)


Origin of accent

1520–30; < Latin accentus speaking tone, equivalent to ac- ac- + -centus, combining form of cantus song (see canto); translation of Greek prosōidía prosody
Related formsac·cent·less, adjectiveac·cen·tu·a·ble [ak-sen-choo-uh-buh l] /ækˈsɛn tʃu ə bəl/, adjectivenon·ac·cent, nounnon·ac·cent·ed, adjectivenon·ac·cent·ing, adjectivere·ac·cent, verb (used with object)well-ac·cent·ed, adjective
Can be confusedaccent stressaccent accentuate assent
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British Dictionary definitions for accenting

accent

noun (ˈæksənt)

the characteristic mode of pronunciation of a person or group, esp one that betrays social or geographical origin
the relative prominence of a spoken or sung syllable, esp with regard to stress or pitchCompare pitch 1 (def. 28), stress (def. 3)
a mark (such as ˈ, ˌ, ´ or `) used in writing to indicate the stress or prominence of a syllable. Such a mark may also be used to indicate that a written syllable is to be pronounced, esp when such pronunciation is not usual, as in turnèd
any of various marks or symbols conventionally used in writing certain languages to indicate the quality of a vowel, or for some other purpose, such as differentiation of homographsSee acute (def. 10), grave 2 (def. 5), circumflex
(in some languages, such as Chinese) any of the tones that have phonemic value in distinguishing one word from anotherCompare tone (def. 7)
rhythmic stress in verse or prose
music
  1. stress placed on certain notes in a piece of music, indicated by a symbol printed over the note concerned
  2. the rhythmic pulse of a piece or passage, usually represented as the stress on the first beat of each barSee also syncopation
maths either of two superscript symbols indicating a specific unit, such as feet (′), inches (″), minutes of arc (′), or seconds of arc (″)
a distinctive characteristic of anything, such as taste, pattern, style, etc
particular attention or emphasisan accent on learning
a strongly contrasting detaila blue rug with red accents

verb (ækˈsɛnt) (tr)

to mark with an accent in writing, speech, music, etc
to lay particular emphasis or stress on

Word Origin for accent

C14: via Old French from Latin accentus, from ad- to + cantus chant, song. The Latin is a rendering of Greek prosōidia a song sung to music, the tone of a syllable
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Word Origin and History for accenting

accent

n.

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.

accent

v.

"to pronounce with accent or stress," 1520s, from Middle French accenter, from Old French acenter, from accent (see accent (n.)). Related: Accented; accenting.

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