American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Diacritical.
- adj. Medicine Diagnostic or distinctive.
- n. A mark, such as the cedilla of façade or the acute accent of resumé, added to a letter to indicate a special phonetic value or distinguish words that are otherwise graphically identical.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to distinguish: same as diacritical (which is the more common form).
- n. A diacritical mark (which see, under diacritical).
- adj. distinguishing
- adj. orthography, not comparable Denoting a distinguishing mark applied to a letter or character.
- n. A special mark added to a letter to indicate a different pronunciation, stress, tone, or meaning.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. That separates or distinguishes; -- applied to points or marks used to distinguish letters of similar form, or different sounds of the same letter, as, ā, ă, ä, ō, ŏ, etc.
- adj. capable of distinguishing
- n. a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation
- From Ancient Greek διακριτικός (diakritikos, "distinguishing, separative"), from διακρίνειν (diakrinein, "to distinguish, separate"), from διά (dia, "between") + κρίνω (krinō, "I separate, distinguish"). (Wiktionary)
- Greek diakritikos, distinguishing, from diakritos, distinguished, from diakrīnein, to distinguish : dia-, apart; see dia- + krīnein, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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