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Accent may refer to:


Speech and language



  • Accent (art), an emphasis on a lighter portion of a drawing; where the light is hitting an object



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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Etymology 1

From French accent, or from Latin accentus, formed from ad- + cantus "song".





accent (plural accents)

  1. A higher or stronger articulation of a particular syllable of a word or phrase in order to distinguish it from the others or to emphasize it.
  2. 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.
  3. Modulation of the voice in speaking; the manner of speaking or pronouncing; a peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice, expressing emotion; tone; as, a foreign accent; a French or a German accent.
    • Beguiled you in a plain accent. - Shakespeare, King Lear, II-ii
    • The tender accent of a woman's cry. - Prior
  4. A nonstandard way of pronouncing.
    The nonnative English speaker has an accent.
  5. A word; a significant tone or sound.
  6. (in plural) Expressions in general; speech.
  7. (prosody) Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.
  8. (music) A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure.
  9. (music) A special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure.
  10. (music) The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period.
  11. (music) The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage.
  12. (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''.
  13. (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.
  14. (engineering) A mark used to denote feet and inches, as in "6' 10''", meaning six feet ten inches.
  15. Paint, wallpaper, or similar coating that contrasts with the surroundings.
Derived terms
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Etymology 2

From Old French accenter.



to accent

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to accent (third-person singular simple present accents, present participle accenting, simple past and past participle accented)

  1. (transitive) To express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent.
  2. (transitive) To mark emphatically; to emphasize; to accentuate.
  3. (transitive) To mark with written accents.



From Latin accentus.


  • IPA: /aksang/, [ɑɡ̊ˈsɑŋ]


accent c. (singular definite accenten, plural indefinite accenter)

  1. accent (a nonstandard way of pronouncing, a mark used in writing, a stronger articulation)





accent n. (plural accenten, diminutive accentje, diminutive plural accentjes)

  1. accent (nonstandard way of pronouncing)




accent m. (plural accents)

  1. Accent (one's manner of speaking)
  2. Accent (the symbol on a character)

Derived terms

Simple English

For other uses, see Accent (disambiguation).

An accent is the way a person speaks.

Sometimes people will talk about someone's accent. They might say that the person has a German accent, or an Australian accent. An accent is the way words are said.

The way a person says words usually comes from where he or she was a child, and other people where he or she lives. People learn how to say words and sentences so that they sound the same as when others speak.

People speaking the same language can have different accents. Even people in the same country can have different accents. Sometimes people can tell what city someone lived in when as a child, by the way that person speaks. (e.g. a New York City accent)

When first trying to learn a new language, often a person will still have his or her old accent. People may be able to guess what country or place that person lived in before.

If someone can learn another language well enough, he or she may not have the old accent anymore. These people may get a new accent in the new language. If someone studied German in Austria, people in Germany may think that person was Austrian.

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