monophthong

[ mon-uhf-thawng, -thong ]
/ ˈmɒn əfˌθɔŋ, -ˌθɒŋ /

noun Phonetics.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM monophthong

mon·oph·thon·gal [mon-uhf-thawng-guhl, -thong-], /ˈmɒn əfˌθɔŋ gəl, -ˌθɒŋ-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for monophthong

monophthong
/ (ˈmɒnəfˌθɒŋ) /

noun

a simple or pure vowel

Derived forms of monophthong

monophthongal (ˌmɒnəfˈθɒŋɡəl), adjective

Word Origin for monophthong

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