Definition of

Umlaut

  1. (noun, communication) a diacritical mark (two dots) placed over a vowel in German to indicate a change in sound

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Synonyms of Umlaut

diaeresis, dieresis

Alternate forms of Umlaut

Hypernyms: diacritic, diacritical mark

Origin of the word Umlaut

  1. 1852, from Ger., "change of sound," from um "about" (see ambi-) + laut "sound," from O.H.G. hlut (see listen). Coined 1774 by poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724-1803) but first used in its current sense 1819 by linguist Jakob Grimm (1785-1863). more

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Words that sound like Umlaut

unalloyed, unannealed, unhallowed, unhealed, unhealthy, unlade, unleaded, unlit, unload, unloaded, unmalted, unmelted, unoiled, unwieldy, unwilled

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