Definition of eth in English:

Share this entry

eth

Pronunciation: /eT͟H/
(also edh)

noun

An Old English letter, ð or Ð, representing the dental fricatives T͟H and TH. It was superseded by the digraph th, but is now used as a phonetic symbol for the voiced dental fricative T͟H in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) system. Compare with thorn (sense 3).
Example sentences
  • By that time, the sound of æ had merged with that of short a, the sound of thorn and eth was already spelt th in words transliterated from Greek into Latin, and wynn had been largely superseded by w.

Origin

From Danish edh, perhaps representing the sound of the letter.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: eth

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.