primary accent


noun
  1. the principal or strongest stress of a word.

Words Nearby primary accent

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How to use primary accent in a sentence

  • Thus, in am´ mu ni´ tion the primary accent falls on the third syllable and the secondary on the first.

    Orthography | Elmer W. Cavins
  • In other respects verse-members with a secondary accent obey the same laws as those with a primary accent.

  • In compound measures the secondary accent is marked by a beat almost as strong as that given the primary accent.

    Essentials in Conducting | Karl Wilson Gehrkens

British Dictionary definitions for primary accent

primary accent

noun
  1. linguistics the strongest accent in a word or breath group, as that on the first syllable of agriculture: Compare secondary accent

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