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1A mark (¨) placed over a vowel to indicate that it is sounded separately, as in naïve, Brontë.
- ‘As several commenters have pointed out, both publications insist on using the diaeresis mark (as in naïve, for example) even though it hasn't been in common usage for several decades at least.’
- ‘This misspelling had been tackled earlier by Chast, who pointed out that Laennec, a native of Brittany, did not write his name with a diaeresis in his publications.’
- ‘No diacritic marks are normally used for native English words, unless the apostrophe and the diaeresis sign are counted as such.’
- ‘The New Yorker is probably the last popular magazine in the English-speaking world where the editors insist on the diaeresis (not umlaut) in ‘cöoperate’.’
- 1.1[mass noun] The division of a sound into two syllables, especially by sounding a diphthong as two vowels.
A natural rhythmic break in a line of verse where the end of a metrical foot coincides with the end of a phrase.
Late 16th century (denoting the division of one syllable into two): via Latin from Greek diairesis separation, from diairein take apart, from dia apart + hairein take.
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