[ soo-pruh-seg-men-tl ]

  1. above, beyond, or in addition to a segment.

  2. Linguistics. pertaining to or noting features of speech, as stress, pitch, and length, that accompany individual consonants and vowels and may extend over more than one such segmental element; pertaining to junctural and prosodic features.

  1. a suprasegmental feature.

Origin of suprasegmental

First recorded in 1940–45; supra- + segmental

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

British Dictionary definitions for suprasegmental


/ (ˌsuːprəsɛɡˈmɛntəl, ˌsjuː-) /

  1. linguistics denoting those features of a sound or sequence of sounds that accompany rather than form part of the consecutive segments of a word or sentence, as for example stress and pitch in English

Derived forms of suprasegmental

  • suprasegmentally, adverb

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