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ACCENT has all the letters in alphabetical order.

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun accent:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb accent:

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Definition of the noun accent

What does accent mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: accents

  1. distinctive manner of oral expression
    • example: he couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of accent: speech pattern
    • more generic word: pronunciation = the manner in which someone utters a word
    • more specific word: drawl = a slow speech pattern with prolonged vowels
  2. special importance or significance
    • example: the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of accent: emphasis
    • more generic words: grandness / importance = a prominent status
    • more specific words: stress / focus = special emphasis attached to something
  3. the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
    • example: he has a strong German accent
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of accent: dialect / idiom
    • more generic term: non-standard speech = speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
    • more specific terms:
      • eye dialect = the use of misspellings to identify a colloquial or uneducated speaker
      • patois = a regional dialect of a language
  4. the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)
  5. a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation

Alternative definition of the noun accent


  1. A higher-pitched or stronger articulation of a particular syllable of a word or phrase in order to distinguish it from the others or to emphasize it.
  2. Figuratively, emphasis or importance in general.
  3. A mark or character used in writing, in order to indicate the place of the spoken accent, or to indicate the nature or quality of the vowel marked.
  4. Modulation of the voice in speaking; the manner of speaking or pronouncing; a peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice, expressing emotion; tone.
  5. A nonstandard way of pronouncing.
  6. A word; a significant tone or sound.
  7. [in the plural] Expressions in general; speech.
  8. [prosody] Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.
  9. [music] A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure.
  10. [music] A special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure.
  11. [music] The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period.
  12. [music] The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage.
  13. [mathematics] A mark placed at the right hand of a letter, and a little above it, to distinguish magnitudes of a similar kind expressed by the same letter, but differing in value, as 'y, 'y'.
  14. [geometry] A mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc., as in '12' 27', meaning twelve minutes and twenty-seven seconds.
  15. [engineering] A mark used to denote feet and inches, as in '6' 10', meaning six feet ten inches.
  16. Paint, wallpaper, or similar coating that contrasts with the surroundings.
  17. A very small gemstone set into a piece of jewellery.

Definition of the verb accent

What does accent mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: accented | accenting | accents

  1. to stress, single out as important
  2. put stress on; utter with an accent

Alternative definition of the verb accent


  1. [transitive] To express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent.
  2. [transitive] To mark emphatically; to emphasize; to accentuate.
  3. [transitive] To mark with written accents.


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  1. Accent is the phonetic prominence given to a particular syllable in a word, or to a particular word within a phrase. When this prominence is produced through greater dynamic force, typically signaled by a combination of amplitude, syllable or vowel length, full articulation of the vowel, and a non-distinctive change in pitch, the result is called stress accent, dynamic accent, or simply stress. When it is produced through pitch alone, it is called pitch accent. When it is produced through length alone, it is called quantitative accent. English has stress accent.
  2. Accent: In music, an accent is an emphasis placed on a particular note, either as a result of its context or specifically indicated by an accent mark. Accents contribute to the articulation and prosody of a performance of a musical phrase.
  3. Accent: In poetry, accent refers to the stressed syllable of a polysyllabic word, or a monosyllabic word that receives stress because it belongs to an "open class" of words or because of "contrastive" or "rhetorical" stress. In basic analysis of a poem by scansion, accents are represented with a slash. There is generally one accent in each foot of a line, unless the foot is a spondee. The mark for an unstressed syllable is sometimes "U", but sometimes "x".
  4. Accent is a very high level interpreted programming language, published in 1990 by CaseWare, Inc.. Accent has native support for strings and tables. It is strongly typed and supports remote function calls.
  5. Accent: The fallacy of accent is a specific type of ambiguity that arises when the meaning of a sentence is changed by placing an unusual prosodic stress, or when, in a written passage, it's left unclear which word the emphasis was supposed to fall on.

Phrases with Accent

Phrases starting with the word Accent:

  1. accent mark
  2. Accent Acute
  3. Accent Grave

Phrases ending with the word Accent:

  1. word accent
  2. acute accent
  3. grave accent
  4. pitch accent
  5. tonic accent
  6. Circumflex Accent
  7. Double acute accent
  8. Double grave accent

Other phrase containing the word Accent:

  1. Foreign accent syndrome

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Accent

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Google previewImprove Your Spelling: Teach Yourself (2010)

by Elspeth Summers

An accent is a mark over a letter that shows that it is to be pronounced in a particular way.

Google previewPoetry into Song (2010)

Performance and Analysis of Lieder by Deborah Stein, Robert Spillman

Accent means emphasis through normal metric emphasis or through unusual forms of rhythmic emphasis, and stress is used...

Google previewElements of the English Language; Or, Analytical Orthography (1845)

Designed to Teach the Philosophy of Orthography and Orthoepy. Adapted to Schools

Accent is a stronger enunciation of one syllable than others in the same word. Every word of more than one syllable, has one of its syllables accented ; as corn- pare. Words of three syllables, or more, frequently take a primary and secondary ...

Google previewComplete Encyclopædia of Music, Elementary, Technical, Historical, Biographical, Vocal, and Instrumental (1880)

by John Weeks Moore

Accent is a certain modulation or warbling of the sounds to express passion; either naturally by the voice, or artificially by instruments. Every bar or...

Google previewBonds of Love (1999)

Methodic Studies of Prophetic Texts with Marriage Imagery (Isaiah 50:1-3 and 54:1-10, Hosea 1-3, Jeremiah 2-3) by Richtsje Abma

The first accent is that in Jeremiah 2:1-4:4 terms related to the metaphor of marriage are employed in combination with many other images and metaphors. The marriage imagery is not the only metaphor used for the relationship of Yhwh and ...

Google previewIntercultural Communication: A Critical Introduction (2011)

by Ingrid Piller

Modifying one's accent is the most difficult aspect of learning another language and some linguists question whether it is possible at all (Birdsong 2006). So consumers are aiming for an unreachable goal and in the interest of market ...

Google previewCobb's Spelling Book (1835)

Being a Just Standard for Pronouncing the English Language, Containing the Rudiments of the English Language, Arranged in Catechetical Order, an Organization of the Alphabet, an Easy Scheme of Spelling and Pronunciation, Intermixed with Easy Reading Lessons : to which are Added, Some Useful Tables, with the Names of Cities, Counties, Towns, Rivers, Lakes, &c. in the United States, and a List of the Proper Names Contained in the New Testament, and Pronounced According to the Best Authorities : Designed to Teach the Orthography and Orthoepy of J. Walker by Lyman Cobb, John Walker

Primary accent is that which distinguishes one syllable or letter from the rest. Secondary accent is a less forcible stress of voice than the primary, which we frequently place on another syllable, in words ofjj three or more syllables, in order to ...

Google previewGet Set for Study Abroad (2006)

by Tom Barron

'A Scottish accent is a massive social asset here.' 'Make friends with people over twenty-one.' The United States of America is by some measure the largest single market for British Study Abroad students, a dominance it has held for a great ...

Google previewFilm Dialogue (2013)

by Jeff Jaeckle

Indeed, the Asian accent is a significant theme in Charlie Chan in Paris. After arriving in Paris, the detective is introduced to Max Corday (Erik Rhodes), an inebriated, wisecracking French sketch artist, in the apartment of Victor Descartes ...

Google previewThe Plunge (2012)

by Edward J. Schneider

Your accent is the result of exposure to many accents from all over the world via the news and entertainment holovision that you've grown up watching. There are places where many cultures and races interacted, such as the West Indies.

Google previewAmerican Dictionary of the English Language (1830)

Exhibiting the Origin, Orthography, Pronunciation, and Definitions of Words by Noah Webster, John Walker

BUS Accent the PrnuUimatl. Daddeui, Asmodeus, Aggeua, Zacchem, Ptolcmeus, ...

Google previewJohnson's English Dictionary (1834)

by Samuel Johnson, Alexander Chambers, Henry John Todd, John Walker

ATA Accent the Penultimate. Braccata, Adadata, Rhaduia. Titvia, Tiphata, Croto- alata, Aluta. Amaiu, Acmata, Com tia, Sarm.ita, Napnta, Demaraia, Quarfrala, Grata, Arinoaaia, Cengavatu, Ar- taxcia. Accent the Antepenultimate. Cbsrestiata.

Google previewA Grammar and Dictionary of Indus Kohistani (2005)

by Claus Peter Zoller

In the singular form the underlying rising accent is tonetically changed into the falling one because on short ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2008)

by Chris Baldick

accent The emphasis placed upon a syllable in pronunciation. The term is often used as a synonym for *stress, ...

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Accent is the soul of language it gives to it both feeling and truth. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3E1N1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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