- consisting of, indicated by, or bearing the mark ^, ˘, or ~, placed over a vowel symbol in some languages to show that the vowel or the syllable containing it is pronounced in a certain way, as, in French, that the vowel so marked is of a certain quality and long, in Albanian, that the vowel is nasalized and stressed, or, in Classical Greek, that the syllable bears the word accent and is pronounced, according to the ancient grammarians, with a rise and fall in pitch.
- pronounced with or characterized by the quality, quantity, stress, or pitch indicated by such a mark.
- bending or winding around.
- a circumflex mark or accent.
- to bend around.
Origin of circumflex
Examples from the Web for circumflex
Exclamations often have a circumflex inflection, as "Really!"The Principles of English Versification
Paull Franklin Baum
Though I did not understand him, yet I answered, That by circumflex.Pablo de Segovia, the Spanish Sharper
Francisco de Quevedo
But he wants to circumflex the word when it means the tree, thus, like .
This usage has been retained; the circumflex accent in its own right does not occur.Torrent of Portyngale
I can't tell how it is, sir, but that always seems to me to want a circumflex, being an adverb of sorts.Brother Copas
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
- a mark (^) placed over a vowel to show that it is pronounced with rising and falling pitch, as in ancient Greek, as a long vowel rather than a short one, as in French, or with some other different quality
- (of certain nerves, arteries, or veins) bending or curving around
Word Origin and History for circumflex
1570s, from Latin (accentus) circumflexus, "bent around," past participle of circumflectere "to bend around," of a charioteer, "turn around" (from circum "around;" see circum-, + flectere "to bend;" see flexible); used as a loan-translation of Greek (prosodia) perispomenos (Dionysius of Halicarnassus), literally "drawn-around," with reference to shape.
- Curving or bending around.