Definition of geminate in English:

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geminate

Phonetics

adjective

Pronunciation: /ˈjemənət/
Consisting of identical adjacent speech sounds, especially consonants; doubled.
Example sentences
  • Some geminates, however, are clearly more morphologically distinct than others are.

verb

Pronunciation: /ˈjeməˌnāt/
[with object]
Double or repeat (a speech sound).
Example sentences
  • Because gemination is common in Dravidian languages, double consonants in written English are often geminated: ‘sum-mer’ for summer and ‘sil-lee’ for silly.
  • Like English geminates and schwas, Hebrew matres lectionis have a more ambiguous relation to speech than graphemes that code consonants, for example, and are thus coded less effectively.
  • For many words, however, the most common misspelling seems to be to violate conservation of geminates, and write the word with no doubled consonants at all.

Derivatives

gemination

Pronunciation: /ˌjeməˈnāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • This item was recorded with gemination, but the precise status of gemination in the language is not easy to determine.
  • Because gemination is common in Dravidian languages, double consonants in written English are often geminated: ‘sum-mer’ for summer and ‘sil-lee’ for silly.
  • He also brings up some unexpected intrusions of gemination, asking how it happened that "the Italian word ‘regata’ entered English as ‘regatta’."

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin geminatus, past participle of geminare 'double, pair with', from geminus 'twin'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: gem·i·nate

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