[ dahy-er-uh-sis ]

noun,plural di·aer·e·ses [dahy-er-uh-seez]. /daɪˈɛr əˌsiz/.

Other words from diaeresis

  • di·ae·ret·ic [dahy-uh-ret-ik], /ˌdaɪ əˈrɛt ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for diaeresis



/ (daɪˈɛrɪsɪs) /

nounplural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. the mark ¨, in writing placed over the second of two adjacent vowels to indicate that it is to be pronounced separately rather than forming a diphthong with the first, as in some spellings of coöperate, naïve, etc

  2. this mark used for any other purpose, such as to indicate that a special pronunciation is appropriate to a particular vowel: Compare umlaut

  1. a pause in a line of verse occurring when the end of a foot coincides with the end of a word

Origin of diaeresis

C17: from Latin diarēsis, from Greek diairesis a division, from diairein, from dia- + hairein to take; compare heresy

Derived forms of diaeresis

  • diaeretic or dieretic (ˌdaɪəˈrɛtɪk), adjective

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