The loss of a sound or sounds at the end of a word, e.g., in the derivation of curio from curiosity.
More example sentences
- In these dialects many words end in a consonant but they cannot be seen as an apocope of an Italian word.
- In literature apocope is confined to poetry, but in the prose inscriptions of the dialects it is frequent.
- Cross-linguistically, vowels that undergo apocope usually follow the stressed syllable; apocope in Greek, however, often appears to occur in vowels that precede accented syllables.
mid 16th century: from late Latin, from Greek apokoptein 'cut off', from apo- 'from' + koptein 'to cut'.
Definition of apocope in:
- The British & World English dictionary