accent accent  /ək ˈsɛnt/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)
  2. (n) a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation
  3. (v) to stress, single out as important
  4. (v) put stress on; utter with an accent
  5. (n) distinctive manner of oral expression
  6. (n) special importance or significance
  7. (n) the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  1. She told me I didn't only have a French accent but I had a Cuban accent too.
  2. I had a Russian accent.
  3. Yes, in those days, even the Prophet Muhammad had a British accent.

News

  1. Downturn challenges Poland's tea-drinking fiscal hawk

    By Christian Lowe and Karolina Slowikowska WARSAW (Reuters) - With his fondness for tea in china cups and upper-class English accent, British-born Jacek Rostowski projects an air of cultivated calm, but the economic slowdown has put his job as Poland's finance minister in the balance. Rostowski, an admirer of ex-British leader Margaret Thatcher, has overseen one of Europe's few economic success ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Asian Accent highlights very Happy Hour at new Uptown area in University Circle

    So many places trot out words like "innovative." The recently opened Accent in the Uptown area does it, too. But the pan-Asian eatery lives up to the claim.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer

  3. Quirks in 'Utah accent' apparent in new study

    A new study highlights the differences between dialects throughout the United States, and offers insight into Utah's own unique accent.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: KSL Salt Lake City

Quotes

  1. Six months earlier in New Hampshire, Mr. Biden said that "you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent."
    on Dec 13, 2007 By: Joe Biden Source: New York Times

  2. "I'm sure Eileen is lighting up the sky's in heaven with her flaming red hair and lovely Scottish accent," Lucci said. "The earth's loss is heaven's gain!"
    on Oct 10, 2008 By: Susan Lucci Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. Academy Awards producer Gil Cates chatted with the two Dubliners, and Farrell joked that he would "do some accent work tonight" so his Irish lilt would be show-ready.
    on Feb 22, 2008 By: Colin Farrell Source: Guardian Unlimited

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