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[ih-lizh-uh n]
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  1. the omission of a vowel, consonant, or syllable in pronunciation.
  2. (in verse) the omission of a vowel at the end of one word when the next word begins with a vowel, as th'orient.
  3. an act or instance of eliding or omitting anything.
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Origin of elision

1575–85; < Latin ēlīsiōn- (stem of ēlīsiō) a striking out, equivalent to ēlīs(us) (past participle of ēlīdere; see elide) + -iōn- -ion
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Historical Examples

  • And when this Elision is proper, and when not, the Ear is a sufficient Judge.

    The Preface to the Aeneis of Virgil (1718)

    Joseph Trapp

  • In these English hexameters I have used and advocate the use of Miltonic elision.

  • Elision marks indicate that parts of this letter are omitted.

    Benjamin Franklin

    Frank Luther Mott

  • Otsataga, by elision, readily becomes Otstaga, and again Ostaga.

  • The elision is not a happy one, and the mere suppression of the "and" does not produce a satisfying line.

British Dictionary definitions for elision


  1. the omission of a syllable or vowel at the beginning or end of a word, esp when a word ending with a vowel is next to one beginning with a vowel
  2. any omission of a part or parts
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin ēlīsiō, from ēlīdere to elide
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Word Origin and History for elision


1580s, from Latin elisionem (nominative elisio) "a striking out," noun of action from past participle stem of elidere (see elide).

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