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[mon-uh f-thawng, -thong]
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noun Phonetics.
  1. a vowel retaining the same quality throughout its duration.
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Origin of monophthong

1610–20; < Greek monóphthongos equivalent to mono- mono- + phthóngos sound
Related formsmon·oph·thon·gal [mon-uh f-thawng-guh l, -thong-] /ˈmɒn əfˌθɔŋ gəl, -ˌθɒŋ-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for monophthong


  1. a simple or pure vowel
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Derived Formsmonophthongal (ˌmɒnəfˈθɒŋɡəl), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Greek monophthongos, from mono- + thongos sound
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