Now 53 years old, Russell has a pale, pudgy face and speaks softly, in a Southern accent.
In person, Khoury is genial and a fine conversationalist, speaking English gilded with a pronounced Arabic accent.
McKean looks so fragile and world-weary as he speaks in his Chicago accent, he seems to require rescue.
late 14c., "particular mode of pronunciation," from Middle French accent, from Old French acent (13c.), from Latin accentus "song added to speech," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + cantus "a singing," past participle of canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)). Loan-translation of Greek prosoidia, from pros- "to" + oide "song," which apparently described the pitch scheme in Greek verse. The decorating sense of "something that emphasizes or highlights" is from 1972.
"to pronounce with accent or stress," 1520s, from Middle French accenter, from Old French acenter, from accent (see accent (n.)). Related: Accented; accenting.