English - Etymology
From Anglo-Norman sillabe, from Old French silabe, from Latin syllaba, from Ancient Greek συλλαβή (sullabḗ), from συλλαμβάνω (sullambánō, “I gather together”), from συν- (sun-, “together”) + λαμβάνω (lambánō, “I take”).
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
- (linguistics) A unit of human speech that is interpreted by the listener as a single sound, although syllables usually consist of one or more vowel sounds, either alone or combined with the sound of one or more consonants; a word consists of one or more syllables.
- The written representation of a given pronounced syllable.
- A small part of a sentence or discourse; anything concise or short; a particle.