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[mon-uh-sil-uh-buh l]
  1. a word of one syllable, as yes or no.
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Origin of monosyllable

First recorded in 1525–35; mono- + syllable
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Examples from the Web for monosyllable

Historical Examples

  • "No," the bride replied, and there was determination in the monosyllable.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • And he conveyed a world of interrogation in his monosyllable.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • "Ah," was her only reply; but the monosyllable was eloquent.

  • Nothing else can be so ample as a monosyllable is sometimes.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope

  • "No," said the other, and the monosyllable had an odd sound.

British Dictionary definitions for monosyllable


  1. a word of one syllable, esp one used as a sentence
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Derived Formsmonosyllabism, noun
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Word Origin and History for monosyllable


1530s, from Latin monosyllabus "of one syllable," from Greek monosyllabos, from monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + syllabe "syllable" (see syllable).

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