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syllable

noun [C] uk   us   /ˈsɪl.ə.bl̩/
B2 a single unit of speech, either a whole word or one of the parts into which a word can be separated, usually containing a vowel
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  • In the word 'engine', you should stress the first syllable.
  • The word 'button' has two syllables.
syllabic
adjective uk   us   /sɪˈlæb.ɪk/ specialized
Translations of “syllable”
in Arabic مَقْطَع لَفْظي…
in Korean 음절…
in Malaysian suku kata‘…
in French syllabe…
in Turkish hece…
in Italian sillaba…
in Chinese (Traditional) 音節…
in Russian слог…
in Polish sylaba, zgłoska…
in Vietnamese âm tiết…
in Spanish sílaba…
in Portuguese sílaba…
in Thai พยางค์…
in German die Silbe…
in Catalan síl·laba…
in Japanese 音節…
in Indonesian suku kata…
in Chinese (Simplified) 音节…
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