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syllable

noun [C] uk   /ˈsɪl.ə.bl̩/ us  
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   /sɪˈlæb.ɪk/ specialized us  
Translations of “syllable”
in Korean 음절…
in Arabic مَقْطَع لَفْظي…
in French syllabe…
in Turkish hece…
in Italian sillaba…
in Chinese (Traditional) 音節…
in Russian слог…
in Polish sylaba, zgłoska…
in Spanish sílaba…
in Portuguese sílaba…
in German die Silbe…
in Catalan síl·laba…
in Japanese 音節…
in Chinese (Simplified) 音节…
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