Definition of oxytone in English:

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oxytone

Pronunciation: /ˈäksəˌtōn/

adjective

(Especially in ancient Greek) having an acute accent on the last syllable.
Example sentences
  • 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

A word having an acute accent on the last syllable.
Example sentences
  • 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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