a stress accent weaker than primary accent but stronger than lack of stress.
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Origin of secondary accent
First recorded in 1830–40
Also called secondary stress.
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British Dictionary definitions for secondary accent
phonetics (in a system of transcribing utterances recognizing three levels of stress) the accent on a syllable of a word or breath group that is weaker than the primary accent but stronger than the lack of stressin the word ``agriculture'' the secondary accent falls on the third syllable Compare primary accent
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