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macron

[ mey-kron, mak-ron ]
/ ˈmeɪ krɒn, ˈmæk rɒn /
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noun Phonetics, Orthography.
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).
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Origin of macron

1850–55; noun use of Greek makrón, neuter of makrós long. See macro-
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British Dictionary definitions for macron

macron
/ (ˈmækrɒn) /

noun
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

Word Origin for macron

C19: from Greek makron something long, from makros long
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