• Syllable


    • RP IPA: /ˈsɪlÉ™bÉ«/


    Middle English and Middle French sillabe, from Latin syllaba, from Ancient Greek συλλαβή (sullabē), from συλλαμβάνω (sullambanō, "I gather together"), from συν- (sun-, "together") + λαμβάνω (lambanō, "I take").

    Full definition of syllable



    (plural syllables)
    1. (linguistics) A unit of human speech that is interpreted by the listener as a single sound, although syllables usually consist of one or more vowel sounds, either alone or combined with the sound of one or more consonants; a word consists of one or more syllables.
    2. The written representation of a given pronounced syllable.
    3. A small part of a sentence or discourse; anything concise or short; a particle.
      • HookerBefore any syllable of the law of God was written.
      • ShakespeareWho dare speak
        One syllable against him?


    1. (transitive, poetic) To utter in syllables.Aery tongues that syllable men's names — Milton.
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