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- noun A mark (´) indicating.
- noun that a vowel is close or tense, as é in French été.
- noun that a vowel or syllable has a high or rising pitch, as in Chinese or Ancient Greek.
- noun that a vowel is long, as in Czech dobrá.
- noun that the syllable in which the vowel appears is stressed, as in Spanish fácil.
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- noun orthography : A
diacritical mark( ´) that can be placed abovea number of lettersin many languagesof the Latin, Greekand Cyrillicwriting systems.
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- noun a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
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From Latin accentus ("accent") acūtus ("sharp"), a calque of Ancient Greek προσῳδία (prosōdia, "accent") ὀξύς (oxýs, "sharp").
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