- a horizontal line used as a diacritic over a vowel to indicate that it has a long sound or other specified pronunciation, as (ā) in fate (fāt).
Origin of macron
1850–55; noun use of Greek makrón, neuter of makrós long. See macro-
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Examples from the Web for macron
Macron excelled at France's elite schools, including the civil-servant powerhouse Ecole Nationale d'Administration.
Precocious even in his private life, Macron does not have children of his own but, at 36, he is a grandfather.
There are also some characters with a macron or overline (straight line) above them.
Diacritical marks have been avoided, with the exception of the macron.The Little Clay Cart
(Attributed To) King Shudraka
Pandecges with macron on second a: the vowel is broad, as in father.Three in Norway
James Arthur Lees
The Chapter title does not use a macron at all, and has been left as printed.The Foundations of Japan
J.W. Robertson Scott
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- a diacritical mark (¯) placed over a letter, used in prosody, in the orthography of some languages, and in several types of phonetic respelling systems, to represent a long vowel
C19: from Greek makron something long, from makros long
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Word Origin and History for macron
"short horizontal line placed over a vowel to indicate length," 1827, from Greek makron, neuter of makros "long" (see macro-).
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