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- In phonetics, a complex vowel sound that begins as the sound of one vowel and ends as the sound of another vowel.
- joined vowels, pronounced as one, such as a and e in æ, and o and e in œ
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Diph"thong (?; 115, 277), n. [L.
diphthongus, Gr. &?;; di- = di`s- twice
+ &?; voice, sound, fr. &?; to utter a sound: cf. F.
diphthongue.] (Orthoëpy) (a)
A coalition or union of two vowel sounds pronounced in one
syllable; as, ou in out, oi in noise; --
called a proper diphthong. (b) A
vowel digraph; a union of two vowels in the same syllable, only one
of them being sounded; as, ai in rain, eo in
people; -- called an improper diphthong.
Diph"thong, v. t. To form or
pronounce as a diphthong; diphthongize. [R.]
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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