American English

Definition of accent noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a way of pronouncing the words of a language that shows which country, area, or social class a person comes from a Southern/New York/Greek/British accent a heavy/thick accent (= one that is very noticeable) She spoke English with an accent. compare dialect
  2. 2[singular] a special importance that is given to something synonym emphasis In all our products the accent is on quality.
  3. 3[countable] the emphasis that you should give to part of a word when saying it synonym stress In “today” the accent is on the second syllable.
  4. 4[countable] a mark on a letter to show that it should be pronounced in a particular way Canapé has an accent on the “e.”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: accent