- a digraph, as the ea of meat.
- a ligature, as æ.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of diphthong
Related Words for diphthongsclick, consonant, liquid, phone, sonant, affricate, diphthong, fricative, implosive, plosive, sibilant, spirant, syllable, vocable
Examples from the Web for diphthongs
Historical Examples of diphthongs
Herbert supposes the diphthongs to be "the first perhaps used in this kingdom."The Ship of Fools, Volume 1
If they appear as proper diphthongs, they follow the rule of diphthongs.The Indian in his Wigwam
Henry R. Schoolcraft
The nasalising of these diphthongs adds to the unpleasant effect.The Sounds of Spoken English
All words have as many syllables as they have vowels and diphthongs.The Classic Myths in English Literature and in Art (2nd ed.) (1911)
Charles Mills Gayley
There are as many syllables in a word as there are separate vowels and diphthongs.A Greek Primer
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."