Meaning of “accent” in the English Dictionary

"accent" in British English

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accentnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæk.sənt/ us /ˈæk.sənt/

accent noun [ C ] (PRONUNCIATION)

B1 the way in which people in a particular area, country, or social group pronounce words:

He's got a strong southern/Boston accent.
She's French but she speaks with an impeccable English accent.
He speaks with a broad/heavy/strong/thick Yorkshire accent.
I thought I could detect a slight Canadian accent.

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  • At university he affected an upper-class accent.
  • He took elocution lessons to try to make his accent sound more genteel.
  • A woman with a very posh accent phoned for him earlier.
  • Many celebrities develop a working class accent to increase their street-credibility.
  • She speaks English without the slightest trace of an accent.

accent noun [ C ] (MARK)

B2 a mark written or printed over a letter to show you how to pronounce it:

a grave accent
There's an acute accent on the e of "café".

More examples

  • There's an acute accent on the e in blé, which is the French word for corn.
  • Pay attention to the accents on the words, because they show you how to pronounce them.
  • Françoise is spelled with an accent - a cedilla - on the 'c'.
  • There is an accent called an umlaut in the German word 'Gebaüde', which means 'building'.
  • They use quite a lot of accents in Turkish writing, don't they?
accented
adjective uk /əkˈsen.tɪd/ us /ˈæk.sen.t̬ɪd/

He spoke in heavily accented English.

accentverb [ T ]

uk /əkˈsent/ us /ˈæk.sent/

(Definition of “accent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"accent" in American English

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accentnoun [ C ]

us /ˈæk·sent/

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.

accentverb [ T ]

us /ˈæk·sent, ækˈsent/

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)

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