Diph"thong [L. diphthongus, Gr. ; = twice + voice, sound, fr. to utter a sound: cf. F. diphthongue.] Orthoepy (a)

A coalition or union of two vowel sounds pronounced in one syllable; as, ou in out, oi in noise; -- called a proper diphthong.


A vowel digraph; a union of two vowels in the same syllable, only one of them being sounded; as, ai in rain, eo in people; -- called an improper diphthong.


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Diph"thong, v. t.

To form or pronounce as a diphthong; diphthongize.



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