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Definition of the noun diaeresis

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noun - plural: diaereses

  1. a diacritical mark (two dots) placed over a vowel to indicate that it does not form a diphthong with an adjacent vowel
    • example: In modern computer systems, umlaut and diaeresis are represented identically.
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of diaeresis: dieresis
    • more generic terms: diacritic / diacritical mark = a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation

Alternative definition of the noun diaeresis


  1. [orthography] A diacritic placed over a vowel letter indicating that it is sounded separately, usually forming a distinct syllable, as in naïve, Noël, Brontë.
  2. [linguistics, prosody] The separation of a vowel, often a diphthong, into two distinct syllables.
  3. [prosody] A natural break in rhythm when a word ends at the end of a metrical foot, in a line of verse.


  1. The diaeresis, consisting of a pair of dots placed over a letter is the original meaning of "trema" and is used to show that a vowel letter is not part of a digraph or diphthong. The diaeresis indicates that two adjoining letters that would normally form a digraph and be pronounced as one are instead to be read as separate, either as a diphthong or as two distinct vowels in two syllables. To put it simply: a diaeresis indicates that a vowel should be pronounced apart from the letter which precedes it. For example, in the spelling coöperate, the diaeresis reminds the reader that the word has four syllables co-op-er-ate, not three, *coop-er-ate. This is uncommon in English, as it is optional; The New Yorker's use of the mark is considered idiosyncratic. Languages such as Dutch, French and Spanish, however, make regular use of it. By extension, the word diaeresis also designates the diacritic when used to denote similar distinctions, such as marking the schwa ë in Albanian.
    • also known as Diaeresis mark, Trema
  2. Diaeresis: In poetic meter, diaeresis has two meanings: the separate pronunciation of the two vowels in a diphthong for the sake of meter, and a division between feet that corresponds to the division between words.

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Google previewPoetry and Drama (2011)

Literary Terms and Concepts by Kathleen Kuiper

Diaeresis is the resolution of one syllable into two, especially by separating the vowel elements of a diphthong and, by extension,

In classical prosody, diaeresis refers to the end of a word coinciding with the completion of the metrical foot, ...

Google previewWords, facts, and phrases; a dictionary of curious, quaint, and out-of-the-way matters (1882)

by Eliezer Edwards

Diaeresis is the name given to the mark " when placed over a vowel, as in the word ' aerate.' Its object is to show that the vowel so marked is to be sounded independently, the word just quoted being pronounced a-e-rate. The word ' dialysis ...

Google previewBetween You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (2015)

by Mary Norris

Especially since the diaeresis is the single thing that ...

Google previewArt Inspiring Transmutations of Life (2010)

by Patricia Trutty Coohill

The attentional episteme whose diaeresis is the division of an episode of experience in a pattern of part-whole flux precedes in the ontogenetic development of the person the denotative language which identifies and describes parts and ...

Google previewContinuity, Quantum, Continuum, and Dialectic (2006)

The Foundational Logics of Western Historical Thinking by Mark E. Blum

focus or changing focus bring forth the qualia that the respective dwelling in its rhythm generates by dint of that quality of attention The attentional episteme whose diaeresis is the division of an episode of experience in a pattern of part- whole ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition (2013)

Communication from Ancient Times to the Information Age by Theresa Enos

Diaeresis is the addition of a syllable. This is done by dividing a single syllable into two. So one might for empha-sis pronounce the ao in extraordinary as two syllables. Diaeresis is commonly used in poetry to make the meter regular; so, from ...

Google previewStudents Catullus (2013)

Third Edition by Daniel H. Garrison

diaeresis is a slight pause within a line, a regular "drawing-apart" where the end of a word matches the end of a metrical foot. In the elegiac couplet, there is a strongly ...

Google previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

diaeresis A diaeresis is a mark placed over a ...

Google previewThe Treasury of knowledge, and library of reference (1839)

Diaeresis is the separating of two vowels that might form a diphthong ; as, cooperate, not cooperate, 7. Synatresis is the sinking of two syllables ...

Google previewDante Encyclopedia (2010)

by Richard Lansing

When there isa syllable division between adjacent vowels, the termdieresi ( diaeresis) isused within the word, and dialefe (dialoepha) across word boundaries. (Sineresi and dieresi are sometimes used more strictly, todescribe respectively ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Literary Devices (1991)

Gradus, A-Z by Bernard Marie Dupriez

DIAERESIS The pronunciation as two separate vowels of a syllable formed of ...

Google previewThe Anthem Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theory (2010)

by Peter Auger

diaeresis 75 meaning, but is usually reserved for when things go wrong in TRAGIC plots, whereas dénouement applies equally well to COMEDY. deus ex machina (Latin, 'god from a machine') A surprising and contrived intervention from a ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Diaeresis is also a kind of metaplasm, or addition to a word, by dividing one syllable into two; as aulae, by a diacresis, is a word of three syllables, instead of aulae.

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1906)

A Work of Universal Reference in All Departments of Knowledge with a New Atlas of the World

compressed comprise confessed comptroller coquette criticise cropped crossed crushed queue cursed cutlass cyclopaedia, cyclopaedia dactyle dashed decalogue defence demagogue demeanour deposite depressed develope diaeresis, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2010)

The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler, David Crystal

DETESTABLE III DIAERESIS use resolutely, firmly, with determination, or some other substitute. The objection to determinedly, which is very general, is perhaps based on reluctance to give it the five syllables that are nevertheless felt to be its ...

Google previewNew Websterian 1912 Dictionary (1912)

Based Upon the Unabridged Dictionary of Noah Webster : with a Reference Library and Treasury of Facts by Noah Webster, Harry Thurston Peck

demagogue demeanor demeanour caressed deposit deposite catalogue catechise deprest depressed develop develope centre dieresls diaeresis, diaeresis SIMPLER (New) OLD SIMPLER (New) OLD dike dyke hypotenuse hypothenuse.

Google previewA Thesaurus Dictionary of the English Language Designed to Suggest Immediately Any Desired Word Needed to Express Exactly a Given Idea (1906)

A Dictionary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms, Foreign Phrases, Pronunciations, a Copious Correlation of Words by Francis Andrew March

f ulness E3E¢ gazel OIJI SPlLLlNGSdashed dccalogue defence demagogue demeanour deposite depressed develope diaeresis, diaeresis dyke dipped discussed despatch distill distressed dolour domicile draught drachm dressed dripped ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2008)

by Chris Baldick

diaeresis. [dyerrĕsis] (pluraleses) (dieresis) A Greek word for 'division', used in three different senses: 1. In classical *prosody, the coincidence ofawordendingwiththeendof a *foot. 2. The separation oftwoadjacentvowelsintodistinct sounds (e.g. ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Varieties of English (2013)

by Raymond Hickey

diaeresis. A sign – twodots– sometimes written over avowel to indicatethat ...

Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of Graphic Design (2006)

by Gavin Ambrose, Paul Harris

ë Umlaut / Diaeresis Two periods over a vowel, which indicate that the sound changes by assimilating the vowel sound of the following syllable. Typical in Germanic languages. From the German um, ...

Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Modern English Grammar (2001)

Grammar, Syntax and Style for the 21st Century by Ned Halley

accent cafe - acute accent chateau - circumflex Fraiilein - umlaut (German for English diaeresis) garcon - cedilla manana ...

Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

apart: diaeresis. – origin Greek dia 'through'. diabetes /dy-uh-bee-teez/ n. a disorder of the metabolism in which a lack of the hormone insulin results in a failure to absorb sugar and starch properly. – origin Greek, 'siphon'. diabetic adj.

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