First attested in the late 14th century. (The "decorative" sense is first attested in 1972.) From (etyl) accent, from (etyl) acent, from (etyl) accentus, formed from ad + with a vowel change.
(linguistics) A higher-pitched or stronger articulation of a particular syllable of a word or phrase in order to distinguish it from the others or to emphasize it.
(figuratively) Emphasis or importance in general.
- In the word "careful", the accent is placed on the first syllable.
(orthography) A mark or character used in writing, in order to indicate the place of the spoken accent, or to indicate the nature or quality of the vowel marked.
- At this hotel, the accent is on luxury.
(senseid) Modulation of the voice in speaking; the manner of speaking or pronouncing; a peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice, expressing emotion; tone.
* 1608 , , II-ii
- The name Cézanne is written with an acute accent .
* 1696 , , "From Celia to Damon", in Poems on Several Occasions
- I know, sir, I am no flatterer: he that beguiled you in a plain accent was a plain knave; which for my part I will not be, though I should win your displeasure to entreat me to 't.
(linguistics) The distinctive manner of pronouncing a language associated with a particular region, social group, etc., whether of a native speaker or a foreign speaker; the phonetic and phonological aspects of a dialect.
- The tender Accent of a Woman's Cry / Will pass unheard, will unregarded die;
A word; a significant tone or sound.
(usually, plural only) Expressions in general; speech.
- a foreign accent'''; an American, British or Australian '''accent
(prosody, poetry) Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.
(music) A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure.
(music) A special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure.
(music) The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period.
(music) The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage.
- Winds! on your wings to Heaven her accents bear, / Such words as Heaven alone is fit to hear.
(music) A mark used to represent specific stress on a note.
(mathematics) A mark placed at the right hand of a letter, and a little above it, to distinguish magnitudes of a similar kind expressed by the same letter, but differing in value, as y'', '''y .
(geometry) A mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc., as in 12' 27'' , meaning twelve minutes and twenty-seven seconds.
(engineering) A mark used to denote feet and inches, as in 6' 10'' , meaning six feet ten inches.
Emphasis laid on a part of an artistic design or composition; an emphasized detail, in particular a detail in sharp contrast to its surroundings.
A very small gemstone set into a piece of jewellery.
A distinctive feature or quality.
* accent mark
* acute accent
* grave accent
* primary accent
* secondary accent
* tonic accent
Accent, sb.'']” on pages 50–51 of § 1 (A) of volume I (A–B, ed. ?, 1888) of ''[[w:Oxford English Dictionary, A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles] (1st ed.)
accent, n.''” in the ''Oxford English Dictionary (2nd ed., 1989)
From the (etyl) (m), from the (etyl) (m), from the (etyl) , from (m), whence the (etyl) noun (m).
To express the accent of vocally; to utter with accent.
To mark emphatically; to emphasize; to accentuate; to make prominent.
To mark with written accents.
Accent, v.'']” on page 51/3 of § 1 (A) of volume I (A–B, ed. ?, 1888) of ''[[w:Oxford English Dictionary, A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles] (1st ed.)
accent, v.''” in the ''Oxford English Dictionary (2nd ed., 1989)
The state of being prominent: widely known or eminent.
*:“My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
A bulge: something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from a form.
(lb) Autonomous height; relative height or prime factor; a concept used in the categorization of hills and mountains.