- prominence given to a syllable in speaking, usually due to a change, especially a rise, in pitch.
Origin of tonic accent
First recorded in 1865–70
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- emphasis imparted to a note by virtue of its having a higher pitch, rather than greater stress or long duration relative to other notes
- another term for pitch accent