A word pronounced with so little emphasis that it is shortened and forms part of the preceding word, for example n’t in can’t. Compare with proclitic.
More example sentences
- With its multitude of vowels and complex systems of inflections and enclitics, Navajo is one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn.
- The object pronoun ‘me’ is arguably an enclitic, merging phonologically with the word that precedes it.
mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek enklitikos, from enklinein 'lean on', from en- 'in, on' + klinein 'to lean'.
Definition of enclitic in:
- The US English dictionary