AskDefine | Define umlaut

Dictionary Definition

umlaut n : a diacritical mark (two dots) placed over a vowel in German to indicate a change in sound [syn: dieresis, diaeresis]

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English

Etymology

Umlaut < um (around) + Laut (sound).

Pronunciation

  • /ˈʊmlaʊt/|/ˈʌmlaʊt/ /"UmlaUt/|/"VmlaUt/ a UK

Noun

  1. A process whereby a vowel is pronounced more like a vowel or semivowel in a following syllable.
  2. A partial assimilation of a vowel.
  3. A vowel so assimilated.
  4. : 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 “(vowel) umlaut” or “umlauted vowel”. e.g. “oh umlaut” or “umlauted oh” mean “an ‘o’ with an umlaut over it” (ö).

Translations

partial assimilation of a vowel
vowel so assimilated
diacritical mark

Verb

  1. To place an umlaut over a vowel.

Derived terms

See also

Extensive Definition

Umlaut may refer to:
umlaut in Breton: Umlaut
umlaut in Danish: Umlaut
umlaut in German: Umlaut
umlaut in French: Umlaut
umlaut in Japanese: ウムラウト
umlaut in Dutch: Umlaut
umlaut in Norwegian Nynorsk: Omlyd
umlaut in Norwegian: Tøddel
umlaut in Polish: Umlaut
umlaut in Portuguese: Umlaut
umlaut in Swedish: Omljud
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