- 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
Example sentences from the Web for diphthong
The diphthongs are pronounced with the stress on the first element.Anglo-Saxon Primer|Henry Sweet
All vowels are sounded as in French and Italian; and there are no diphthongs, every vowel being pronounced distinctly.
The combinations , œ were no longer pronounced as diphthongs, but like the simple e. 6.Society for Pure English Tract 4|John Sargeaunt
In Greek words, as in Latin, there are always as many syllables as there are vowels and diphthongs.New Word-Analysis|William Swinton
We have, therefore, twenty-six letters with which to express fifty or more sounds, not counting the digraphs and diphthongs.Division of Words|Frederick W. Hamilton