Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “accent”

accent

noun [C]  /ˈæk·sent/ us  

accent noun [C] (WAY OF PRONOUNCING)

the way in which people in a particular area or country pronounce words: She spoke with a slight southern accent. An accent is also a mark written or printed over a letter to show how to pronounce it.

accent noun [C] (EMPHASIS)

a special emphasis given to a syllable in a word or to a word in a sentence: In the word "government," the accent is on the first syllable.

accent

verb [T]  /ˈæk·sent, ækˈsent/ us  

accent verb [T] (EMPHASIZE)

to give special emphasis to a syllable in a word or to a word in a sentence: In Spanish, you usually accent the next-to-last syllable.
(Definition of accent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of accent?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “accent” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

first:

(a person or thing) coming before all others in order, time, amount, quality, or importance

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More