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Syllable

Definition

A syllable is a unit of speech sounds or a unit of pronunciation making up a word. For example, the word 'badger' consists of two syllables 'bad' and 'ger'. In English, syllables can be defined as either stressed (long) or unstressed (short). See meter. Syllables are ways to split words into speech sounds. For example, the word monkey is composed of two syllables: mon and key. A syllable is typically made up of a syllable nucleus or vowel with optional opening and closing consonants: like the word man.

A unit of pronunciation making up a word. For example, the word 'badger' consists of two syllables 'bad' and 'ger'. In English, syllables can be defined as either stressed (long) or unstressed (short). See meter.

[n] a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme; "the word `pocket' has two syllables"

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