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diphthong

A diphthong is a single-syllable vowel sound in which the beginning of the sound is different from the end sound—that is, the sound glides from one vowel sound to another. For this reason, diphthongs are often referred to as gliding vowels.
There are eight vowel sounds in American English that are generally agreed upon as being diphthongs.
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diph·thong

 (dĭf′thông′, -thŏng′, dĭp′-)
n.
A complex speech sound or glide that begins with one vowel and gradually changes to another vowel within the same syllable, as (oi) in boil or (ī) in fine.

[Middle English diptonge, from Old French diptongue, from Late Latin diphthongus, from Greek diphthongos : di-, two; see di-1 + phthongos, sound.]

diph·thon′gal adj.

diphthong

(ˈdɪfθɒŋ; ˈdɪp-)
n
1. (Phonetics & Phonology) a vowel sound, occupying a single syllable, during the articulation of which the tongue moves from one position to another, causing a continual change in vowel quality, as in the pronunciation of a in English late, during which the tongue moves from the position of (e) towards (ɪ)
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a digraph or ligature representing a composite vowel such as this, as ae in Caesar
[C15: from Late Latin diphthongus, from Greek diphthongos, from di-1 + phthongos sound]
diphˈthongal adj

diph•thong

(ˈdɪf θɔŋ, -θɒŋ, ˈdɪp-)

n.
1. an unsegmentable, gliding speech sound varying in phonetic quality but considered to be a single sound or phoneme, as the oi sound of toy or boil.
2. (not in technical use)
a. a digraph, as the ea of meat.
b. a ligature, as æ.
v.t., v.i.
3. to diphthongize.
[1425–75; diptonge < Late Latin diphthongus < Greek díphthongos literally, having two sounds]
diph•thon′gal, adj.

diphthong

A speech sound that, within one syllable, changes from one vowel sound to another.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diphthong - a vowel sound that starts near the articulatory position for one vowel and moves toward the position for another
vowel, vowel sound - a speech sound made with the vocal tract open
Translations
إنْدِغام حَرْفَي عِلَّه
dvojhláska
diftongtvelyd
DiphthongDoppellautDoppelvokalZwielaut
kettõshangzó
tvíhljóî
dvibalsis
divskanis
dvojhláska
dvoglas
çift ünlü

diphthong

[ˈdɪfθɒŋ] Ndiptongo m

diphthong

[ˈdɪfθɒŋ ˈdɪpθɒŋ] ndiphtongue f

diphthong

nDiphthong m

diphthong

[ˈdɪfθɒŋ] ndittongo

diphthong

(ˈdifθoŋ) noun
two vowel sounds pronounced as one syllable. The vowel sound in `out' is a diphthong.