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



BrE BrE//ɪnˈklɪtɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈklɪtɪk//
; BrE BrE//enˈklɪtɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//enˈklɪtɪk//
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a word pronounced with very little emphasis, so that it becomes part of the word before, for example ‘n’t’ in ‘can’t’ compare proclitic Word Originmid 17th cent.: via late Latin from Greek enklitikos, from enklinein ‘lean on’, from en- ‘in, on’ + klinein ‘to lean’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: enclitic