- a digraph, as the ea of meat.
- a ligature, as æ.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of diphthong
Related Words for diphthongclick, consonant, liquid, phone, sonant, affricate, diphthong, fricative, implosive, plosive, sibilant, spirant, syllable, vocable
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Historical Examples of diphthong
"Scarlet Velvet" and "Diphthong" gained the Aberdeenshire challenge-cup in 1862-63.Cattle and Cattle-breeders
He could not reconcile this kind of diphthong living with his notions of piety.A Circuit Rider's Wife
The "i" represents, however, the Greek diphthong ει, and is long.
In bead we have not a single vowel, but a kind of diphthong.The Sounds of Spoken English
Consider, for example, the pronunciation of the diphthong oi.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
Word Origin for diphthong
late 15c., from Middle French diphthongue, from Late Latin diphthongus, from Greek diphthongos "having two sounds," from di- "double" (see di- (1)) + phthongos "sound, voice," related to phthengesthai "utter, speak loudly."