(noun, verb)


1. distinctive manner of oral expression

- he couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent

Definition categories: communication, pronunciation

2. special importance or significance

- the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents

Similar word(s): emphasis

Definition categories: state, grandness, importance

3. the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people

- he has a strong German accent

Similar word(s): dialect, idiom

Definition categories: communication

4. the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)

Similar word(s): emphasis, stress

Definition categories: communication, inflection, prosody

5. a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation

Definition categories: communication, diacritic

Sentences with accent as a noun:

- In the word "careful", the accent is placed on the first syllable.

- At this hotel, the accent is on luxury.

- The name C├ęzanne is written with an acute accent.

- a foreign accent; an American, British or Australian accent


1. to stress, single out as important

Similar word(s): accentuate, emphasise, emphasize, punctuate, stress

Definition categories: communication, evince, express, show

2. put stress on; utter with an accent

- In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word

Similar word(s): accentuate, stress

Definition categories: communication, articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say