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



BrE BrE//ˈsɪŋkəpi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪŋkəpi//
[uncountable] (phonetics) Phonetics
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the dropping of a sound or sounds in the middle of a word when it is spoken, for example the pronunciation of library as /laɪbri/ compare apocope See related entries: Phonetics Word Originlate Middle English: via late Latin from Greek sunkopē, from sun- ‘together’ + koptein ‘strike, cut off’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: syncope