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



(also shwa) noun
BrE BrE//ʃwɑː//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃwɑː//
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a vowel sound in parts of words that are not stressed, for example the ‘a’ in about or the ‘e’ in moment; the phonetic symbol for this, /ə/ See related entries: Phonetics Word Originlate 19th cent.: from German, from Hebrew šěwā'.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: schwa