syllable Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “syllable” in the English Dictionary

"syllable" in British English

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syllablenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsɪl.ə.bl̩/
B2 a ​singleunit 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
(Definition of syllable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"syllable" in American English

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syllablenoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɪl·ə·bəl/
a ​singleunit of ​speech, in ​English usually ​containing a ​vowel, consisting of either a ​whole word or one of the ​parts into which a word is separated when it is ​spoken or ​printed: There are two syllables in the word ​silver and three in ​appetite.
(Definition of syllable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “syllable”
in Korean 음절…
in Arabic مَقْطَع لَفْظي…
in Malaysian suku kata‘…
in French syllabe…
in Russian слог…
in Chinese (Traditional) 音節…
in Italian sillaba…
in Turkish hece…
in Polish sylaba, zgłoska…
in Spanish sílaba…
in Vietnamese âm tiết…
in Portuguese sílaba…
in Thai พยางค์…
in German die Silbe…
in Catalan síl·laba…
in Japanese 音節…
in Chinese (Simplified) 音节…
in Indonesian suku kata…
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