[ juhngk-cher ]
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  1. a point of time, especially one made critical or important by a concurrence of circumstances: At this juncture, we must decide whether to stay or to walk out.

  2. a serious state of affairs; crisis: The matter has reached a juncture and a decision must be made.

  1. the line or point at which two bodies are joined; joint or articulation; seam.

  2. the act of joining.

  3. the state of being joined.

  4. something by which two things are joined.

  5. Phonetics.

    • a pause or other phonological feature or modification of a feature, as the lengthening of a preceding phoneme or the strengthening of a following one, marking a transition or break between sounds, especially marking the phonological boundary of a word, clause, or sentence: it is present in such words as night-rate and re-seed and absent in such words as nitrate and recede.: Compare close juncture, open juncture, terminal juncture.

    • the point in a word or group of words at which such a pause or other junctural marker occurs.

Origin of juncture

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin junctūra, equivalent to junct(us) (see junction) + -ūra -ure

synonym study For juncture

1, 3. See junction.

Words that may be confused with juncture

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How to use juncture in a sentence

  • The same line of argument was used to Moore at many junctures in his life and he always had the same answer.

    Thomas Moore | Stephen Gwynn
  • As the load of the stone roof was thus concentrated at fixed junctures, it was necessary to reinforce only those given points.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals | Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • Its eyes (for it appeared to possess a pair) were bent on Mother Rigby, and at suitable junctures it nodded or shook its head.

  • But seventeen is deathly serious at such junctures, and William was in a sensitive condition.

    Seventeen | Booth Tarkington

British Dictionary definitions for juncture


/ (ˈdʒʌŋktʃə) /

  1. a point in time, esp a critical one (often in the phrase at this juncture)

  2. linguistics

    • a pause in speech or a feature of pronunciation that introduces, accompanies, or replaces a pause

    • the set of phonological features signalling a division between words, such as those that distinguish a name from an aim

  1. a less common word for junction

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Other Idioms and Phrases with juncture


see at this point (juncture).

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