primary stress

Origin of primary stress

First recorded in 1950–55

Words Nearby primary stress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use primary stress in a sentence

  • In Anglo-Saxon verse the combination of a primary stress, a secondary stress, and an unstressed syllable, is a recognized type.

    English Verse | Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • The syllables "soul, Merman" are respectively cases of primary stress, secondary stress, and no-stress.

    English Verse | Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.

British Dictionary definitions for primary stress

primary stress

  1. linguistics another term for primary accent

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