Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having an acute accent on the next to last syllable. Used of some words in Greek and certain Romance languages, such as French and Portuguese.
  • n. A paroxytone word.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the stress or accent on the penultimate syllable.
  • n. A paroxytone word.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A word having an acute accent on the penultimate syllable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In Gr. grammar, having, or characterized by, an acute accent on the penultimate syllable.
  • n. In Gr. grammar, a word which has an acute accent on the penultimate syllable.
  • To write or pronounce with an acute accent on the penultimate: as, to paroxytone a word.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. word having stress or acute accent on the next to last syllable

Etymologies

Greek paroxutonos : para-, beside; see para-1 + oxutonos, oxytone; see oxytone.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek παροξύτονος (paroksutonos, "paroxytone"), from παρά (para, "beyond, next to") + ὀξύτονος (oksutonos, "oxytone"), from ὀξύς (oksus, "sharp, acute") + τόνος (tonos, "pitch, accent"). (Wiktionary)

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