Definition Of accent


a distinct emphasis given to a syllable or word in speech by stress or pitch.

In all but parts of eastern Slovakia, the stress is on the first syllable of a word; longer words (three or more syllables) have secondary accents .

a distinctive mode of pronunciation of a language, especially one associated with a particular nation, locality, or social class.

a strong German accent

a special or particular emphasis.

the accent is on participation

emphasize (a particular feature).

fabrics that accent the background colors in the room

Example Of accent

  • A key ingredient in almost every successful colour scheme is the inclusion of just two main colours and an accent colour, so be disciplined in your choices.

  • a strong American accent

  • After a tour of five hotels in Lakes towns from Keswick to Coniston his recommendation is to inject a regional accent into the decor to get more guests to the check-in desks.

  • Again, this contrasts sharply with the experience of middle class children who invariably speak fluent English, and with the accent of their locality.

  • Also, the accent should be on the second syllable: a-SAH-a-na.

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