Definition of oxytone in English:

oxytone

Syllabification: ox·y·tone
Pronunciation: /ˈäksəˌtōn
 
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adjective

  • (Especially in ancient Greek) having an acute accent on the last syllable.
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    • The general rhythm of the language clips seems to show a preference for oxytone words.
    • This development was perhaps posterior to the substitution of the pronominal ending in the oxytone neuter o-stems because the latter did not affect the u-stems.

noun

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  • A word having an acute accent on the last syllable.
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    • Even though they are oxytones, words of one syllable never need an accent, unless the accent is diacritic.
    • There are also a good many cases in which the French name ends in a weak e and would produce an oxytone.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Greek oxutonos, from oxus 'sharp' + tonos 'tone'.

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