noun /ˈæksɛnt / (say 'aksent)

1. the distinctive character of a vowel or syllable determined by its degree or pattern of stress or musical tone.
2. any one of the degrees or patterns of stress used in a particular language as essential features of vowels, syllables, or words: primary accent; falling accent; sentence accent.
3. a mark indicating stress, musical tone, or vowel quality. In English the accent mark (') is sometimes used to indicate a syllable which is stressed. French has several accent marks, of which three, the acute (´), the grave (`), and the circumflex (^), indicate vowel quality (or sometimes merely distinguish meaning, as la `the' and `there').
4. Prosody
a. regularly recurring stress.
b. a mark indicating stress or some other distinction in pronunciation or value.
5. any one of the musical tones or melodies used in a particular language as essential features of vowels or syllables.
6. characteristic style of pronunciation: *this was the first time I had heard an Australian woman speak with an Australian accent. –harold lewis, 1973; *the famous man with the toothbrush-moustache accent –rodney hall, 1987.
7. Music
a. stress or emphasis given to certain notes.
b. a mark denoting this.
c. stress or emphasis regularly recurring as a feature of rhythm.
8. Mathematics, etc. a mark, or one of a number of marks, placed after a letter or figure
a. to distinguish similar quantities which differ in value, as in b', b'', b''', etc. (called b prime or b dash, b double prime or b double dash, etc., respectively).
b. to indicate a particular unit or measure, as feet (') or inches ("): 5'3", meaning 5 feet, 3 inches; or as minutes (') or seconds (") of time or a degree: 18'25", meaning 18 minutes, 25 seconds.
c. to indicate the operation of differentiation in calculus.
9. (plural) Poetic words or tones expressive of some emotion: to utter in accents of despair.
10. (plural) Obsolete words; language: to speak in accents unknown.
11. distinctive character or tone.
12. emphasis: this school puts a lot of accent on discipline.
verb (t) /ækˈsɛnt / (say ak'sent)
13. to pronounce (a vowel, syllable, or word) with one of the distinctive accents of the language, especially with a stress accent.
14. to mark with a written accent or accents: to accent a word to indicate its pronunciation.
15. Chiefly US to emphasise; accentuate.
{Latin accentus tone}
Usage: Accents (def. 3) are found on some words taken into English from other languages. Accents may be helpful in distinguishing some words (e.g. lamé and lame), but are often omitted where no confusion is likely (e.g. fete, naive).

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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