A vowel (in the sense of a sound rather than a letter of the alphabet) that has the same sound throughout its pronunciation, such as the short vowels in "pap", "pep", "pip", "pop" and "pup", as opposed to a diphthong (eg, /aɪ/, the vowel in "pipe") or a triphthong (eg, /aɪə/, the sound in the non-rhotic pronunciation of "pyre").

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  • Monophthong — Mon oph*thong, n. [Gr. ? with one sound; mo nos alone + ? sound, voice.] 1. A single uncompounded vowel sound. [1913 Webster] 2. A combination of two written vowels pronounced as one; a digraph. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • monophthong — [män′əf thôŋ΄] n. [< Gr monophthongos, of or with one sound < monos, single (see MONO ) + phthongos, a sound, voice] a simple vowel sound during the utterance of which the vocal organs remain in a relatively unchanging position, as (ä),… …   English World dictionary

  • Monophthong — Ein Monophthong (v. griech. monos „allein“ und phthóngos „Laut“) ist ein einfacher Vokal ohne Veränderung der Qualität (z. B. u , a ) im Gegensatz zu Diphthongen (z. B. au , ei ). Monophthonge können hinsichtlich ihrer Quantität… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Monophthong — A monophthong (Greek monóphthongos[1] from mónos single and phthóngos sound ) is a pure vowel sound, one whose articulation at both beginning and end is relatively fixed, and which does not glide up or down towards a new position of… …   Wikipedia

  • monophthong —   n. single vowel sound.    ♦ monophthongal, a.    ♦ monophthongize, v.t. pronounce as monophthong …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • monophthong — noun Etymology: Late Greek monophthongos single vowel, from Greek mon + phthongos sound Date: 1616 a vowel sound that throughout its duration has a single constant articulatory position • monophthongal adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Monophthong — См. monottongo …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • monophthong — monophthongal /mon euhf thawng geuhl, thong /, adj. /mon euhf thawng , thong /, n. Phonet. a vowel retaining the same quality throughout its duration. Cf. diphthong. [1610 20; < Gk monóphthongos equiv. to mono MONO + phthóngos sound] * * * …   Universalium

  • Monophthong — Mo|no|phthọng auch: Mo|noph|thọng 〈m. 1; Sprachw.〉 einfacher Vokal; Ggs Diphthong; → Lexikon der Sprachlehre [zu grch. monophthongos „eintönig“] * * * Mo|no|ph|thọng, der; [e]s, e [griech. monóphthoggos, eigtl. = allein tönend, zu: phthóggos …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Monophthong — Mo|no|phthọng auch: Mo|noph|thọng 〈m.; Gen.: s, Pl.: e; Phon.〉 einfacher Vokal; Ggs.: Diphthong [Etym.: <grch. monophthongos »eintönig«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

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