monosyllable

[ mon-uh-sil-uh-buh l ]
/ ˈmɒn əˌsɪl ə bəl /
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noun

a word of one syllable, as yes or no.

Nearby words

  1. monostrophic,
  2. monostylous,
  3. monosubstituted,
  4. monosyllabic,
  5. monosyllabism,
  6. monosymmetric,
  7. monosymptomatic,
  8. monosynaptic,
  9. monotask,
  10. monotechnic

Origin of monosyllable

First recorded in 1525–35; mono- + syllable

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British Dictionary definitions for monosyllable

monosyllable

/ (ˈmɒnəˌsɪləbəl) /

noun

a word of one syllable, esp one used as a sentence
Derived Formsmonosyllabism, noun

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Word Origin and History for monosyllable

monosyllable

n.

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

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