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Syllabification: schwa
Pronunciation: /SHwä

Definition of schwa in English:


The unstressed central vowel (as in a moment ago), represented by the symbol (ə) in the International Phonetic Alphabet.
Example sentences
  • Although not represented in the conventional alphabet, schwa is the commonest vowel sound in English.
  • Of these, 36 have a clear schwa as their vowel.
  • In another example, we observed that only 28% of the teachers could correctly identify the sound of a schwa, as represented in the final syllable of the word ‘happen.’


late 19th century: from German, from Hebrew šěwā'.

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