Meaning of acute accent in English:

acute accent



  • A mark (´) placed over certain letters in some languages to indicate a feature such as altered sound quality (e.g. in fiancée).

    ‘Pronunciations of individual words agreed by the committee were not written in IPA symbols but in a respelling system (with an acute accent marking stress) that would be more readily intelligible to the BBC's staff.’
    • ‘And using an acute accent (voilá) instead of the correct grave accent (voilà) is a poignant, pathetic reminder of the potential for humiliation that social climbers expose themselves to.’
    • ‘The unanticipated side-effect of this is that it has been a positive joy to spend time during my lunch-break correcting the grave and acute accents in my Barcelona picture galleries in readiness for publication.’
    • ‘The distinction between the old grave and acute accents were a help to children and learners to help them pronounce a word which they encountered for the first time.’
    • ‘Apologies for not bothering to put on the acute accents.’
    • ‘Anyone who knows me would know I would go mad if it wasn't spelt properly with an acute accent over the ‘e’ of the café,’ said Linda.’
    • ‘He was named after Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah, but Ryan has added an acute accent to the ‘e ‘, because he got tired of Europeans mispronouncing his first name.’’
    • ‘It was obviously a conscious decision to omit the acute accent on Roger Desormiere's name, since he appears as ‘Desormiere’ throughout.’
    • ‘Stress is written with an acute accent on the stressed vowel.’
    • ‘When the word has an acute accent over the vowel, it is pronounced with a voice that starts high and then rises sharply.’