Meaning of schwa

schwa

Pronunciation: (shwä), [key]
— n. Phonet.
  1. the mid-central, neutral vowel sound typically occurring in unstressed syllables in English, however spelled, as the sound of a in alone and sofa, e in system, i in easily, o in gallop, u in circus.
  2. the phonetic symbol &schwa;, used to represent this sound.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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