Definition of apocope noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈpɒkəpi//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɑːkəpi//
[uncountable] (phonetics)
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the dropping of the last sound or sounds of a word, for example when cup of tea becomes cuppa tea compare syncope Word Originmid 16th cent.: from late Latin, from Greek apokoptein ‘cut off’, from apo- ‘from’ + koptein ‘to cut’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: apocope