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[ sil-uh-buh l ]

/ ˈsɪl ə bəl /


noun

an uninterrupted segment of speech consisting of a vowel sound, a diphthong, or a syllabic consonant, with or without preceding or following consonant sounds: “Eye,” “sty,” “act,” and “should” are English words of one syllable. “Eyelet,” “stifle,” “enact,” and “shouldn't” are two-syllable words.

one or more written letters or characters representing more or less exactly such an element of speech.

the slightest portion or amount of speech or writing; the least mention: Do not breathe a syllable of all this.

verb (used with object),syl·la·bled,syl·la·bling.Chiefly Literary.

to utter in syllables; articulate.

to represent by syllables.

verb (used without object),syl·la·bled,syl·la·bling.Chiefly Literary.

to utter syllables; speak.

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RELATED WORDS

click, consonant, liquid, phone, sonant, affricate, diphthong, fricative, implosive, plosive, sibilant, spirant, vocable

Nearby words

syllabicate, syllabicity, syllabify, syllabism, syllabize, syllable, syllable-timed, syllabogram, syllabography, syllabub, syllabus

Origin of syllable

1350–1400;Middle Englishsillable < Anglo-French;Middle Frenchsillabe < Latinsyllaba < Greeksyllabḗ, equivalent to syl-syl- + lab- (base of lambánein ‘to take’) + -ē noun suffix

Related forms

half-syl·la·bled, adjectiveun·syl·la·bled, adjective

Grammar note

Spoken English is very flexible in its syllable structure. A vowel sound can constitute a syllable by itself—like the e in unequal(un·e·qual) —or can be preceded by up to three consonant sounds (as in strong or splint ) and followed by up to four consonant sounds, as in tempts or sixths (which ends with the sounds k+s+th+s). But the English sound system is not without rules. Some combinations of consonant sounds, like p+k, can never occur within a syllable, and others can occur only at one end or the other. For example, the combination s+f can occur at the beginning of a syllable (as in sphere ) but not at the end, while the reverse sequence f+s can occur at the end (as in laughs ) but not at the beginning. The language does stretch occasionally to accommodate borrowings from other languages, as for words like schlep and tsar that can be said with an initial consonant cluster not native to English. And in a broad sense, even certain meaningful utterances composed exclusively of consonant sounds can be regarded as syllables. Examples include shh (urging silence) and psst (used to attract someone’s attention).
Breaking a written word into syllables—as in a dictionary entry, where the purpose is to clarify the structure of the word and assist in understanding and pronunciation, or in a book, for the purpose of end-of-line hyphenation—involves additional considerations. While based primarily on sound, the syllable divisions in spelled-out forms are also influenced by long-established spelling conventions, the etymology of the word, and the lack of an exact correspondence between spelling and pronunciation. For example, in writing, multisyllabic words with double consonants are conventionally divided between the consonants, even though the consonant is pronounced only once: sudden is divided as sud·den, though pronounced sudd ʹ n. But the word adding —formed by combining the word add with the suffix -ing, is divided as add·ing to show its constituent parts. And a word like exact (pronounced ig ʹ zakt) cannot be divided purely phonetically, because the letter x itself would have to be split; it is traditionally divided as ex·act. This means that even when divisions in the spelled form and the pronunciation do not match, they are both correct.

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Examples from the Web for syllable

  • But there is not one syllable in what he said that suggests the smallest amount of confusion.

    How Mitt Romney Missed His Moment on Contraception|Michael Tomasky|March 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST

  • Without uttering a syllable, the page had advanced towards him, and had quickly raised the intoxicated man from the chair.

    The Coming Conquest of England|August Niemann

  • The pair then proceeded some distance side by side without exchanging a syllable, and both seemed plunged in profound thought.

    The Trail-Hunter|Gustave Aimard

  • We cannot promise one syllable from his eloquent lips, or even one glimpse at his dashing exterior.

    Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 365, March, 1846|Various

  • To subtract a syllable from such feet is impossible; since it is only the last syllable that is capable of being subtracted.

    A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham

  • A good deal of the Signor's conversation resembles easy lessons in one syllable for beginners.

    Happy-Thought Hall|F. C. Burnand

British Dictionary definitions for syllable

syllable


noun

a combination or set of one or more units of sound in a language that must consist of a sonorous element (a sonant or vowel) and may or may not contain less sonorous elements (consonants or semivowels) flanking it on either or both sides: for example "paper" has two syllablesSee also open (def. 34b), closed (def. 6a)

(in the writing systems of certain languages, esp ancient ones) a symbol or set of symbols standing for a syllable

the least mention in speech or printdon't breathe a syllable of it

in words of one syllablesimply; bluntly

verb

to pronounce syllables of (a text); articulate

(tr)to write down in syllables

Word Origin for syllable

C14: via Old French from Latin syllaba, from Greek sullabē, from sullambanein to collect together, from sul-syn- + lambanein to take

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Culture definitions for syllable

syllable


A basic unit of speech generally containing only one vowel sound. The word basic contains two syllables (ba-sic). The word generally contains four (gen-er-al-ly). (Seehyphen.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Idioms and Phrases with syllable

syllable


see words of one syllable.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

There are some word stress rules about which syllable to stress. But the rules are All dictionaries give the phonetic spelling of a word. This is where they.

Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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Pronunciations in the American English and Essential American English dictionary do not use the 'long vowel' marker /ː/ and, in place of the syllable division marker /./, they use a raised dot /·/.


Vowels
Long Vowels
sheep
ɑːfarm
coo
ɔːhorse
ɜːbird
Short Vowels
ɪshipehead
æhatəabove
ʊfootɚmother (US)
ɒsock (UK)ɝworm (US)
ʌcup

Consonants
Voiced
bbook
dday
ɡgive
vvery
ðthe
zzoo
ʒvision
jump
llook
rrun
jyes
wwe
mmoon
nname
ŋsing
Voiceless
ppen
ttown
kcat
ffish
θthink
ssay
ʃshe
cheese

Diphthongs
day
eye
ɔɪboy
mouth
əʊnose (UK)
nose (US)
ɪəear (UK)
hair (UK)
ʊəpure (UK)

Other symbols
h/ˈhænd/
hand
ɒ̃/ˈkwæs.ɒ̃/
croissant (UK)
i/ˈhæp.i/
happy
t ̬/ˈbʌt ̬.ɚ/
butter (US)
u/ˌɪn.fluˈen.zə/
influenza
l ̩/ˈlɪt.l ̩/
little

əl, əm, ən can be pronounced either: əl or l ̩ etc.:
/ˈleɪb.əl/ = /ˈleɪb.əl/ or /ˈleɪb.l̩/
r 
 
 
 
linking r is pronounced only before a vowel in British English:
fɔːr + ˈæp.l ̩z = fɔːˈræp.l ̩z
four + apples = four apples
ˈmain stress/ˌek.spekˈteɪ.ʃən/ expectation
ˌsecondary stress/ˌriːˈtell/ retell
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Word stress

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Knowing the way Latin words are divided into syllables will help you to pronounce Latin and translate Latin poetry. There are a few basic points you need to know. As with most things, there are always exceptions.

  1. The number of syllables = the number of vowels/diphthongs pronounced separately. For example, Caesar contains 1 vowel and one diphthong, so there are 2 syllables: Cae-sar. There are no silent vowels in Latin. Exercise:
    1. Q.
      How many syllables in the English word alphabet?
      A.
      There are 3 in alphabet and they center around the 3 vowels in the word.
    2. Q.
      How many syllables in the English word same?
      A.
      There are 2 vowels in same, but 1 is silent, so there is only one syllable.
    3. Q.
      How many syllables in the Latin example (1) above?
      A.
      15
      Check for vowels. The first word ár/ma has two vowels and two syllables, the second word vi/rúm/que has three vowels and three syllables. What's that you say? There are 4 vowels? The u after q acts as it does in English, and doesn't count. The third word cá/no has two vowels and two syllables. The fourth word Tró/jae has three vowels, but only two are pronounced separately, since the ae, being a diphthong (see below), is pronounced together. You can analyze the last three words (qui prí/mus ab ó/ris) on your own.
  1. The Latin diphthongs are ae (earlier, ai), au, ei, eu, oe, and ui (rare) [See Wheelock].
    Examples:
    1. Trojae
    2. Aurum 'gold'
    3. deinde 'then'
    4. Europa
    5. proelium 'battle'
    6. cui 'who'
  2. Like English, the Latin syllable divides between consonants or after a vowel and before a consonant. For example, mitto has two vowels and therefore two syllables. Mitto has a double consonant, so the syllable is divided between the ts: mit-to.
    More examples:
    1. Caesar: Cae-sar
    2. Deinde: dein-de
    3. Proelium: proe-li-um
  3. This page is a quick tip about syllables, not stress, but since they are related, and both are necessary for a reasonable pronunciation of Latin, you may be interested. Stress is normally on the penultimate (second to last) syllable if it is long and on the one before (the antepenultimate), otherwise, generally. If you look up "amicus" in a Latin dictionary, there will be a long mark or macron on the "i". That means the "i" is long and so the syllable is stressed. If there is a diphthong in the penultimate syllable or it is followed by two consonants, it is generally counted as long and therefore stressed.Look at the opening example:
    (1) ár/ma vi/rúm/que cá/no Tró/jae qui prí/mus ab ó/ris
    The ictus is marked with an accent mark. This shows the stress.

Rhymer is a rhyming dictionary that helps you find rhymes fast and easy. Words with last-syllable rhyme have the same sounds following the last syllable.

Guide to the Online American Heritage Dictionary

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  • Why word stress is important
  • Some 'rules' of word stress

Why word stress is important
Mistakes in word stress are a common cause of misunderstanding in English. Here are the reasons why:

  • Stressing the wrong syllable in a word can make the word very difficult to hear and understand; for example, try saying the following words:

    And now in a sentence:
    "I carried the b'tell to the hottle."

    Now reverse the stress patterns for the two words and you should be able to make sense of the sentence!
    "I carried the bottle to the hotel."
  • Stressing a word differently can change the meaning or type of the word:
    "They will desert* the desert** by tomorrow."

    Think about the grammatical difference between desert* and desert**.
    I will look at this in more detail later.
  • Even if the speaker can be understood, mistakes with word stress can make the listener feel irritated, or perhaps even amused, and could prevent good communication from taking place.

These three reasons tell me that word stress is an important part of the English language, and it is something I should help my students with.

What word stress is
When we stress syllables in words, we use a combination of different features. Experiment now with the word 'computer'. Say it out loud. Listen to yourself. The second syllable of the three is stressed. What are you doing so that the listener can hear that stress?

  • A stressed syllable combines five features:
    • It is l-o-n-g-e-r - com p-u-ter
    • It is LOUDER - comPUTer
    • It has a change in pitch from the syllables coming before and afterwards. The pitch of a stressed syllable is usually higher.
    • It is said more clearly -The vowel sound is purer. Compare the first and last vowel sounds with the stressed sound.
    • It uses larger facial movements - Look in the mirror when you say the word. Look at your jaw and lips in particular.

It is equally important to remember that the unstressed syllables of a word have the opposite features of a stressed syllable!

Some 'rules' of word stress
There are patterns in word stress in English but, as a rule (!), it is dangerous to say there are fixed rules. Exceptions can usually be found.

  • Here are some general tendencies for word stress in English:
Word Type of wordTendency Exceptions
apple
table
happy

two-syllable nouns and adjectives

stress on the first syllable
O o
apple
hotel
lagoon
suspect
import
insult
words which can be used as both
nouns and verbs
the noun has stress on the first syllable
O o
"You are the suspect!"
the verb has stress on the second syllable
o O
"I suspect you."
respect
witness
hairbrush
football
compound nounsfairly equally balanced but with stronger stress
on the first part
O o
hairbrush


How I help my students
Students can be alarmed when they meet words which are similar but have different stress patterns:

O o

equal

o O oo

equality

O o o

equalise

o o o O o

equalisation

A useful thing you can do is to help students see connections with other word families. Patterns can usually be found, for example:

O o final neutral

o O oo finality neutrality

O o o finalise neutralise

o o o O o finalisation neutralisation

There are some recognised differences in word stress which depend on the variety of English being used, for example:

o o O o Caribbean aluminium (British English)

o O o o Caribbean aluminum (American English)

These differences are noted in good learner dictionaries. If words like these come up in class, point them out to students. Ask if there are similar cases of differences in word stress in their own language - this will heighten awareness and interest.

In the classroom

  • Raise awareness & build confidence
    You can use the same questions with your students that I have used in this article. These will help to raise the students' awareness of word stress and its importance. Some learners love to learn about the 'technical' side of language, while others like to 'feel' or 'see' the language more, hearing the music of word stress or seeing the shapes of the words. Try to use a variety of approaches: helping students to engage with English in different ways will help them in their goal to become more proficient users of the language. Build students' confidence by drawing their attention to the tendencies and patterns in word stress that do exist.
  • Mark the stress
    Use a clear easy-to-see way of marking stress on the board and on handouts for students. I use the big circle - small circle (O o) method. It is very easy to see and has the added advantage of identifying the number of syllables in the word, as well as the stressed syllable.

    Students also need to be aware of the way dictionaries usually mark stress - with a mark before the stressed syllable, e.g. 'apple. By knowing this, students will be able to check word stress independently.
  • Cuisenaire rods
    These different sized, small coloured blocks are great for helping students to 'see' the word stress. The students build the words using different blocks to represent stressed and unstressed syllables. (Children's small building blocks are a good substitute!)
  • Integrate word stress into your lessons
    You don't need to teach separate lessons on word stress. Instead, you can integrate it into your normal lessons. The ideal time to focus students' attention on it is when introducing vocabulary. Meaning and spelling are usually clarified for students but the sound and stress of the word can all too often be forgotten.

    Quickly and simply elicit the stress pattern of the word from the students (as you would the meaning) and mark it on the board. Drill it too!

    Students can use stress patterns as another way to organise and sort their vocabulary. For example, in their vocabulary books they can have a section for nouns with the pattern O o, and then a section for the pattern o O. Three syllable words can be sorted into O o o (Saturday, hospital) and o O o (computer, unhappy).

    Remember what I noted before: The more times students mentally engage with new vocabulary, the more they are likely to actually learn it. Engaging students through word stress helps to reinforce the learning of the words.
  • Troubleshooting
    Initially, many students (and teachers!) find it difficult to hear word stress. A useful strategy is to focus on one word putting the stress on its different syllables in turn. For example:
    o o 0 computer0 o o computero 0 o computer
    Say the word in the different ways for the students, really exaggerating the stressed syllable and compressing the unstressed ones. Ask the students which version of the word sounds 'the best' or 'the most natural'.

    By hearing the word stressed incorrectly, students can more easily pick out the correct version.

    A personalised and effective way of getting students to hear the importance of correct word stress is by using people's names as examples. I introduce word stress with my name:
    • "How many parts/syllables are there in my name?"
    • "Which is the strongest - the first or second?"
    • "Is it Emma or Emma?"

Then you can question students about their own names - this will give them a personalised connection to the issue of word stress, with a word they will never forget!

Conclusion
Any work on aspects of pronunciation can take a long time to show improvements and be challenging for both the students and the teacher, but working on word stress can be fun and over time will help your students to be better understood and more confident speakers.

Further reading
Sound Foundations by Adrian Underhill
Pronunciation by Dalton and Seidlholfer
How to Teach Pronunciation by Gerald Kelly
Teaching English Pronunciation by Joanne Kenworthy

Find out more about word stress and other features of pronunciation in our teacher development module Understanding pronunciation.

Word stress is especially hard for non-native speakers to master. While there are a few conventions and general rules governing which syllable is stressed in a.

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