Definition of proclitic in English:

proclitic

noun

Linguistics
  • A word pronounced with so little emphasis that it is shortened and forms part of the following word, for example, you in y'all.

    Compare with enclitic
    • ‘The indefinite article ‘a’ is a proclitic, a word that wants to merge phonologically with the word that follows it.’

adjective

Linguistics
  • Being or relating to a proclitic word.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from modern Latin procliticus (from Greek proklinein ‘lean forward’), on the pattern of late Latin encliticus (see enclitic).

Pronunciation

proclitic

/proʊˈklɪdɪk//prōˈklidik/