Origin of syllable
grammar notes for syllable
Breaking a written word into syllables—as in a dictionary entry, where the purpose is to clarify the structure of the word and assist in understanding and pronunciation, or in a book, for the purpose of end-of-line hyphenation—involves additional considerations. While based primarily on sound, the syllable divisions in spelled-out forms are also influenced by long-established spelling conventions, the etymology of the word, and the lack of an exact correspondence between spelling and pronunciation. For example, in writing, multisyllabic words with double consonants are conventionally divided between the consonants, even though the consonant is pronounced only once: sudden is divided as sud·den, though pronounced suddn. But the word adding —formed by combining the word add with the suffix -ing, is divided as add·ing to show its constituent parts. And a word like exact (pronounced igzakt) cannot be divided purely phonetically, because the letter x itself would have to be split; it is traditionally divided as ex·act. This means that even when divisions in the spelled form and the pronunciation do not match, they are both correct.
OTHER WORDS FROM syllablehalf-syl·la·bled, adjectiveun·syl·la·bled, adjective
How to use syllable in a sentence
The more syllables he puts into my name, the worse his physical condition.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cadets mimicked his commands, which he issued in drawn-out syllables in his high-pitched, mountain-inflected voice.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor|S. C. Gwynne|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
DI taught even 4-year-olds to understand sounds, syllables, and rhyming.Equality Matters More Than Integration in Schools|John McWhorter|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As ominous as all those syllables sound when put together, hydrochlorothiazide will not slow your heart.Scandal’s Finale Featured One of the Most Preposterous TV Deaths Ever|Russell Saunders|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Its opening line has nine syllables, its closing line has 13, and a landay ends with one of two sounds: “–ma” or “–na.”Beauty and Subversion in the Secret Poems of Afghan Women|Daniel Bosch|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The initial syllables of Ulysses and of Rutherford make an inclusion by sound.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
All badly insert pure (dissyllabic) before flat; but smothe has two syllables.
For he understood at last to whom it referred and the meaning that lay between its great syllables.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
If the reader prefers to keep eleven (or twelve) syllables in this line, I am sorry for him.
Unfortunately, all the scribes have repeated it, to the ruin of the metre; for the line then contains two syllables too many.
British Dictionary definitions for syllable
Word Origin for syllable
Cultural definitions for syllable
A basic unit of speech generally containing only one vowel sound. The word basic contains two syllables (ba-sic). The word generally contains four (gen-er-al-ly). (See hyphen.)
Other Idioms and Phrases with syllable
see words of one syllable.