Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: Latin accentus, from ad- 'to' + cantus 'song'

accent

1 noun
     
ac‧cent1 [countable]
1 the way someone pronounces the words of a language, showing which country or which part of a country they come from [↪ dialect]:
He noticed that I spoke Polish with an accent.
English/American/Indian etc accent
a slight American accent
2

the accent is on something

if the accent is on a particular quality, feeling etc, special importance is given to it:
accommodation with the accent on comfort
3 the part of a word that you should emphasize when you say it [= stress]
accent on
In the word 'dinner' the accent is on the first syllable.
4 a written mark used above or below particular letters in some languages to show how to pronounce that letter

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary