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[dahy-sil-uh-buh l, dahy-sil-, di-]
  1. a word of two syllables.
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Origin of disyllable

1580–90; di-1 + syllable; compare Greek disýllabos of two syllables; variant dissyllable has ss < Middle French dissilabe
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Examples from the Web for disyllable

Historical Examples

  • In a disyllable the vowel is long by the 'apex' rule, as in 'hyphen'.

    Society for Pure English Tract 4

    John Sargeaunt

  • Every pentameter of the amatory poems and the first fifteen Heroides ends in a disyllable.

British Dictionary definitions for disyllable


  1. a variant of dissyllable
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Derived Formsdisyllabic (ˌdaɪsɪˈlæbɪk, ˌdɪ-), adjective
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