Definition of ablaut in English:


Syllabification: ab·laut
Pronunciation: /ˈabˌlout


  • A change of vowel in related words or forms, e.g., in Germanic strong verbs (e.g., in sing, sang, sung).
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    • When ablaut is a regular feature of a language's grammar, it is often called vowel gradation.
    • It is the relationship between phonemic pitch and the nature of ablaut in standard Lithuanian which makes this clear.
    • You can't even distinguish between the preterite and participle Germanic ablauts of English.


mid 19th century: from German, from ab 'off' + Laut 'sound'.

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