- Also called diacritical mark. a mark, point, or sign added or attached to a letter or character to distinguish it from another of similar form, to give it a particular phonetic value, to indicate stress, etc., as a cedilla, tilde, circumflex, or macron.
Origin of diacritic
Related Words for diacriticrespective, singular, personal, sole, lone, specific, single, separate, particular, original, special, distinct, distinctive, idiosyncratic, unique, peculiar, offbeat, extraordinary, weird, cool
Examples from the Web for diacritic
Historical Examples of diacritic
Errors in German phrases and the diacritic of "Lige" were not corrected.Behind the Scenes in Warring Germany
Edward Lyell Fox
A flat wick should be slightly rounded, the middle being the highest point, like this diacritic , not this one.The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping
Elizabeth Hale Gilman
This script, with its diacritic marks, was scientifically evolved at the beginning of the nineteenth century.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1
- Also called: diacritical mark a sign placed above or below a character or letter to indicate that it has a different phonetic value, is stressed, or for some other reason
- another word for diacritical
Word Origin for diacritic
- Diagnostic or distinctive.