Complete Definition of "umlaut"

see|Umlaut
English
wikipedia|Umlaut (diacritic)
Etymology
G. Umlaut < um (around) + Laut (sound).

Noun
en-noun

  1. w:Germanic umlaut|Germanic umlaut, a phonological phenomenon where an earlier vowel takes on the quality of a second vowel. Mildly formative in Modern German by analogy, present in English only as irregular fossils.
  2. A partial assimilation of a vowel.
  3. A vowel so assimilated.
  4. orthography: The diacritical mark ( ¨ ) placed over a vowel to indicate such assimilation.

Usage notes
Although this symbol has the same form as the diaeresis/dieresis, it has as a different function and so in standard and technical usage these two terms are not interchangeable.
When spelling a German word out loud, one can say â(vowel) umlautâ or âumlauted vowelâ. e.g. âoh umlautâ or âumlauted ohâ mean âan âoâ with an umlaut over itâ (ö).

Synonyms
trema

Translations

trans-top|partial assimilation of a vowel
trans-mid
trans-bottom

trans-top|vowel so assimilated
trans-mid
trans-bottom

trans-top|diacritical mark
German: Umlaut m
trans-mid
Slovak: dve bodky f (3)
trans-bottom

Verb
en-verb

  1. To place an umlaut over a vowel.

Derived terms
heavy metal umlaut

See also
diaeresis, dieresis

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