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



BrE BrE//ˈsɪləbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪləbl//
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  • any of the units into which a word is divided, containing a vowel sound and usually one or more consonants a word with two syllables a two-syllable word ‘Potato’ is stressed on the second syllable.
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French alteration of Old French sillabe, via Latin from Greek sullabē, from sun- ‘together’ + lambanein ‘take’.Extra examples Normally the stress falls on the first syllable of a word. Put the stress on the second syllable. She split the word up into syllables so that he could have a go at spelling it. We stress the second syllable of the word. You’ll have to spell it out to him, using words of one syllable. nonsense syllables such as ‘fa-la’. the final syllable of ‘Oregon’ words that have three or more syllablesIdioms
    in words of one syllable
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    using very simple language Could you say that again in words of one syllable?
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: syllable