- a digraph, as the ea of meat.
- a ligature, as æ.
verb (used with or without object)
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Origin of diphthong
OTHER WORDS FROM diphthongdiph·thon·gal [dif-thawng-guhl, -thong-, dip-], /dɪfˈθɔŋ gəl, -ˈθɒŋ-, dɪp-/, diph·thon·gic, diph·thon·gous, adjectivenon·diph·thon·gal, adjective
Words nearby diphthong
Example sentences from the Web for diphthong
It is curious that the close o is heard only in the infrequent diphthong óu, or as an obscured, unaccented final.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
The diphthong is long when a voiced sound follows it, short before a voiceless sound.
Listen to a foreigner's pronunciation of English words containing this diphthong; what do you notice?
In both cases we have a laxly articulated short sound, and a diphthong in which the tongue rises towards the end.
Notice the faulty tendency to raise the tongue too high in uttering the first part of this diphthong; see § 40.