- a digraph, as the ea of meat.
- a ligature, as æ.
verb (used with or without object)
- diphtheritic membrane,
Origin of diphthong
Examples from the Web for diphthong
With these are grouped in the grammar (3rd declension) nouns with stems in , , or a diphthong.A Greek Primer|Wallace Stearns
The diphthong should not be written ae, nor should be written oe; , not oe, should be used for .How to Catalogue a Library|Henry B. (Henry Benjamin) Wheatley
The diphthong au is also wanting, and short occurs only in a few words of foreign origin.
Of onlie vouales the syllab is called a diphthong, of quhilk we have spoaken in the vouales quherof they ar composed.Of the Orthographie and Congruitie of the Britan Tongue|Alexander Hume
In a diphthong consisting of a strong and a weak vowel the weak vowel may be disregarded in rime.Modern Spanish Lyrics|Various
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."