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dieresis (n.)

also diaeresis, 1610s, "sign or mark ( ) regularly placed over the second of two contiguous vowels to indicate they are pronounced as two simple sounds," from Late Latin diaeresis, from Greek diairesis "division," noun of action from diairein "to divide, separate," from dia "apart" (see dia-) + hairein "to take" (see heresy).

Meaning "separate pronunciation of two vowels usually united as a diphthong" is from 1650s. In classical prosody, "the slight break in the forward motion of a line that is felt when the end of a foot coincides with the end of a word" [Miller Williams, "Patterns of Poetry"]. Related: dieretic; diaeretic.

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Definitions of dieresis from WordNet

dieresis (n.)
a diacritical mark (two dots) placed over a vowel to indicate that it does not form a diphthong with an adjacent vowel;
Synonyms: diaeresis
From wordnet.princeton.edu

Dictionary entries near dieresis

didn't

dido

didst

die

die-hard

dieresis

Dies Irae

dies non

diesel

diet

dietal