Adjective "accent" definition and examples

(Accent may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A distinctive way of pronouncing a language, especially one associated with a particular country, area, or social class.
  1. 'she never mastered the French accent'
  2. 'However, differences in dialect consist primarily of slight differences in accent or pronunciation and minor grammatical usages.'
  3. 'But the five Americans also manage highly creditable regional or class accents.'
  4. 'When actors baulked at speaking lines in a foreign language - or their accents were execrable - native-speakers were brought in to play the parts.'
  5. 'The very sound of her voice, with that lovely lilting accent, warmed him.'
  6. 'Most pirates of British origin would thus have had this distinctive accent.'
  7. 'Since colonial times a strong Australian accent has been associated with lower class and broad comic characters.'
  8. 'After reading, judges check on their pronunciation, accent, posture and eye contact.'
  9. 'The whole country was a mixture of different languages and accents back then, especially in the rural areas.'
  10. 'All TV announcers had unbelievable upper class accents.'
  11. 'The annual meeting of China's legislature is a jamboree of regional accents and languages.'
  12. 'Again, this contrasts sharply with the experience of middle class children who invariably speak fluent English, and with the accent of their locality.'
  13. 'Fraudsters may have ‘upper class' accents and a Mayfair address but the lines are the same.'
  14. 'Yet, although we share the same language, English accents still confuse the locals.'
  15. 'I detected a strong British accent in her voice.'
  16. 'The moment he started speaking in that melodious voice with its slightly lilting accent and almost perfect enunciation she was lost in its music.'
  17. 'I love the fact that she sings English with a real American accent and convinces you very much like a great pop singer does, entering into the drama of the poem.'
  18. 'She answered in her soft, lilting Irish accent.'
  19. 'As for the impact of popular culture, Kay says that the evidence isn't so much that TV levels out language, but that strong regional accents from all over Britain seem to be thriving.'
  20. 'And a beautiful thing, for me, was that most spoke with foreign accents and in foreign languages.'
  21. 'His lilting Irish accent was lovely; I could have listened to it all night.'
A distinct emphasis given to a syllable or word in speech by stress or pitch.
  1. 'In all but parts of eastern Slovakia, the stress is on the first syllable of a word; longer words (three or more syllables) have secondary accents.'
  2. 'Also, the accent should be on the second syllable: a-SAH-a-na.'
  3. 'In Samoan words all syllables are given equal timing with a slight accent placed on the penultimate syllable.'
  4. 'And when the British crossed the Atlantic and the accent shifted from a to e, all the vowels shifted along one position, e i o u a.'
  5. 'Mania, they were told, is simply the Italian translation of the word obsession, and anyway it's pronounced with the accent on the second syllable.'
  6. 'The Soviet Russia template has an interesting linguistic aspect: the paired contrastive accents that indicate role reversal.'
  7. 'The spelling is fundamentally phonetic and the stress falls on the next to last syllable unless indicted by an accent mark.'
  8. 'I don't think I grasped much of the concept of where to place accents in the Spanish language, but oh well.'
  9. 'Elegant accent marks can make any typical product name sound like a shimmering diamond mined from the fertile bowls of the finest dragon filled cave.'
  10. 'FYI - I had to leave out some of the accent marks on some of the Spanish words.'
  11. 'Modern Greek also retains from the ancient language a system of three pitch accents (acute, circumflex, grave).'
  12. 'Or consider the college piano student, carefully groomed to taper each Mozartean phrase just so, and deliver sharp accents in Bartok.'
  13. 'The meter, complexity of rhythms created by dotted rhythms, triplets and irregular accents manifest the spirit of Korean peasant dance and music.'
  14. 'The composer's intentions may be notated as dots, dashes, accents, and slurs.'
  15. 'Sir John Barbirolli in rehearsal with the Hallé Orchestra, with subtly weighted accents on the first beat of each note group in the strings, is not to be ignored.'
  16. 'The weight came from accents and the interpretation's fire, not from thick orchestral playing or slow tempos.'
  17. 'Some of these have involved minutely detailed descriptions of snare drum accents and eight-to-the-bar boogie-woogie rhythms.'
  18. 'In the second to last bar of ‘Purgatorio’, Mahler wrote a chord B E-G plus an accent.'
  19. 'The displacement of the normal musical accent from a strong beat to a weak one.'
  20. 'He might land his hardest accent in the middle of a triplet of notes, or rustle the snare and tom-tom drums with his sticks the way others brush the ride and high-hat cymbals.'
  21. 'The use of unpredictable accents also can add to the rhythmic complexity of a musical work.'
A special or particular emphasis.
  1. 'Computer dealers are finding that even machines that were considered ‘high end’ are being snapped up for use at home with the accent on value for money.'
  2. 'The accent is on natural materials - wood and stone.'
  3. 'For the moment, though, the accent is on celebration.'
  4. 'The accent was on humour and song, and a patriotic theme was introduced for Coronation year.'
  5. 'Small schools have sprung up all over the country, laying accent on the quality of the relationship between teacher and student.'
  6. 'Last week I lamented the lack of tries in our now defence-dominated game, what with the accent on specialist prevention coaching.'
  7. 'Moreover, they put the accent on the spiritual values connected with youth, rather than on age.'
  8. 'The toys appear to be high-quality, and the accent is on educational products.'
  9. 'The accent is on creating a simulated environment for the customer to feel at home.'
  10. 'The accent of the speech however, fell on the steps being taken by the government to reverse these social ills.'
  11. 'blue woodwork and accents of red'
  12. 'In the typical mix of femininity and sporty styling, such accents emphasize a modern femininity.'
  13. 'A key ingredient in almost every successful colour scheme is the inclusion of just two main colours and an accent colour, so be disciplined in your choices.'
  14. 'It is all about layering the textures and then maybe adding an accent colour to spice it up a bit.'
  15. 'She refused to meet his gaze, eyes resting instead on the gold accent of his navy blue coat, or the thick leather belt still decorating his broad chest.'


Emphasize (a particular feature)
  1. 'The mystique surrounding Cirque du Soleil is accented by the wonderment the show evokes from the audience.'
  2. 'The different vibrant and funky colours and ‘intelligent’ lighting perfectly accent the curtain wall and a high ceiling.'
  3. 'In consequence they strove to accent the competitive element and eliminate any attempt at showboating at every opportunity.'
  4. 'His pale features were accented by his ebony hair.'
  5. 'Following lunch the shimmering afternoon sun warmed the shoulders, and accented the floral colours of the pleasure garden and the verdant fruitfulness of the walled organic garden.'
  6. 'Victoria blushed, causing Eagan to smile for a moment; she looked as cute as always, a blush so easily brought to her cheeks accenting her color.'
  7. 'So my thought was to replace the flower over-abundance with a solid blue color to accent the nice yellow, by whatever means was the easiest and best way to accomplish this task.'
  8. 'A tent sized mu-mu - hot orange and pink, accenting the contours of her big, round belly.'
  9. 'In both cases, cobalt blue was used to accent certain elements including the bells, the man's shoes, shirt, and hat, and the cantons of the flags.'
  10. 'She shrugged off her wet robe and pulled on a new one that seemed to accent her dark features even more.'
  11. 'the quick tempo means there is less scope for accenting offbeat notes'
  12. 'The Latin rhythms of ‘Canzonetta Spangnuola’ were accented with flair and joy.'
  13. 'The opera diva could accent a single word, like ‘ma’ in Rosina's aria in The Barber of Seville.'
  14. 'The first verse is followed by a short chorus, where the piano doubles the melody with the synth accenting the first note.'
  15. '‘Tsuginepu to ittemita’ is a good example of this, a tone poem for a female voice and tabla, the tabla accenting every syllable, accompanied by a gently chiming Japanese melody.'
  16. 'Kamiyama floats gorgeous shimmering melodies that fade in and out of the background, and synth squiggles periodically accent the rhythm.'
  17. 'She accented every note just-short of perfectly, fading her voice before a few high notes and before an emphasized verse to add to the atmosphere of the song.'

More definitions

1. prominence of a syllable in terms of differential loudness, or of pitch, or length, or of a combination of these.

2. degree of prominence of a syllable within a word and sometimes of a word within a phrase: primary accent; secondary accent.

3. a mark indicating stress (as (·, ·), or (ˈ, ˌ), or (′, ″)), vowel quality (as French grave `,acute ´,circumflex ^, ), form (as French la “the” versus là “there”), or pitch.

4. any similar mark.

5. Prosody. regularly recurring stress. a mark

More examples(as adjective)

"products can be accent."

"governances can be accent."


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘intonation’): from Latin accentus ‘tone, signal, or intensity’ (from ad- ‘to’ + cantus ‘song’), translating Greek prosōidia ‘a song sung to music, intonation’.