Accent - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈæksent|  American pronunciation of the word accent
Brit.  |ˈæksent|  British pronunciation of the word accent


- distinctive manner of oral expression
- special importance or significance(syn: emphasis)
- the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people(syn: dialect, idiom)
- the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch) (syn: emphasis, stress)
- a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation


- to stress, single out as important (syn: accentuate, emphasise, emphasize, punctuate, stress)
- put stress on; utter with an accent(syn: accentuate, stress)


...the town's promotional literature accents its vital role in American history...

Regional accents are common in the U.S.

She spoke with an American accent.

The tourist had a foreign accent.

He has a heavy southern accent.

The word “before” has the accent on the last syllable.

Put the accent on the first syllable of the word.

The accents in the French word “émigré” show how the letter “e” should be pronounced.

He had developed a slight French accent.

I thought by the accent, it had been an apostrophe to his child.

There is often a strong accent on material success.

Accent is the elevation of the voice which distinguishes one part of a word from another.

He noticed that I spoke Polish with an accent.

In the word 'dinner' the accent is on the first syllable.

Use make-up to accent your cheekbones and eyes.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: accent
he/she/it: accents
present participle: accenting
past tense: accented
past participle: accented
singular: accent
plural: accents
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