[mon-uh-sil-uh-buh l]


a word of one syllable, as yes or no.

Origin of monosyllable

First recorded in 1525–35; mono- + syllable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monosyllable



a word of one syllable, esp one used as a sentence
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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