tonic accent

  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for tonic accent

tonic accent

  1. emphasis imparted to a note by virtue of its having a higher pitch, rather than greater stress or long duration relative to other notes

  2. another term for pitch accent

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