Definition of suprasegmental in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌso͞oprəˌseɡˈmen(t)l/


Denoting a feature of an utterance other than the consonantal and vocalic components, e.g., (in English) stress and intonation.
Example sentences
  • The general aim of this work was to analyze the suprasegmental features of the male voice during a seductive interaction compared with the characteristics of neutral speech.
  • On the basis of our present data analyses, it is, however, not possible to judge whether the problem is at a segmental level, suprasegmental level, or both.
  • The move towards writing poetry down deprived it of music, perhaps, certainly of the suprasegmental qualities of pitch, timbre, etc., which are personal in a physiological sense.


Such a feature.
Example sentences
  • The English consonant sounds and suprasegmentals also present difficulties for native speakers of Spanish.
  • They discover, for example, that, unlike sounds, suprasegmentals can change according to meaning.
  • Just taking a look at the symbols for suprasegmentals, you can see that there's a lot of detail to account for.

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Syllabification: su·pra·seg·men·tal

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