Meaning of diphthong
Pronunciation: (dif'thông, -thong, dip'-), [key]
- an unsegmentable, gliding speech sound varying continuously in phonetic quality but held to be a single sound or phoneme and identified by its apparent beginning and ending sound, as the oi-sound of toy or boil.
- (not in technical use)
- a digraph, as the ea of meat.
- a ligature, as æ.
- to diphthongize.
- diphthong (Thesaurus)