Definition of accent


  • distinctive manner of oral expression; "he couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent", "she had a very clear speech pattern". Synonyms: speech pattern.
  • special importance or significance; "the red light gave the central figure increased emphasis", "the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents". Synonyms: emphasis.
  • the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people; "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English", "he has a strong German accent", "it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy". Synonyms: dialect, idiom.
  • the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch); "he put the stress on the wrong syllable". Synonyms: emphasis, stress.
  • a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation. Synonyms: accent mark.


Related words

accentuation, acute, ague, background, downplay, drawl, emphasise, emphasize, focus, grave, patois, stress, topicalize, underline, underscore.

Words nearby accent

accept, ascent.

Rhymes with accent

ascent, assent, augment, bent, brent, cement, cement, cent, circumvent, consent, content, dent, descent, discontent, dissent, event, event, extent, ferment, gent.

Start with accent

accentually, accentor, accentuates, accentuated, accentors, accented, accents, accentuations, accentual, accentuate, accentless, accentuation, accentuating, accenting.

End with accent


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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • accent is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 10 points
  • accent is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 10 points
  • accent is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 13 points
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