- the stress pattern or patterns associated with words as arranged in sentences in a particular language.
Compare word stress.
Origin of sentence stress
First recorded in 1880–85
Also called sense stress, sentence accent.
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- the stress given to a word or words in a sentence, often conveying nuances of meaning or emphasis
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