accent NOUN 1) a way of pronouncing a language, associated with a country, area, or social class. 2) an emphasis given to a syllable, word, or note. 3) a mark on a letter or word indicating how a sound is pronounced or stressed. 4) a particular emphasis: the accent is on participation.
VERB 1) (accented) spoken with a particular accent: accented English. 2) stress or emphasize.
DERIVATIVES accentual adjective.
ORIGIN Latin accentus 'tone, signal, or intensity' .

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