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triphthong

[trif-thawng, -thong, trip-] /ˈtrɪf θɔŋ, -θɒŋ, ˈtrɪp-/
noun
1.
Phonetics. a monosyllabic speech-sound sequence perceived as being made up of three differing vowel qualities, as the pronunciation of our, especially in r-dropping dialects.
2.
(not in technical use) a trigraph.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Neo-Latin triphthongus < Medieval Greek tríphthongos with three vowels, equivalent to tri- tri- + phthóngos voice, sound
Related forms
triphthongal
[trif-thawng-guh l, -thong-, trip-] /trɪfˈθɔŋ gəl, -ˈθɒŋ-, trɪp-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for triphthongs

triphthong

/ˈtrɪfθɒŋ; ˈtrɪp-/
noun
1.
a composite vowel sound during the articulation of which the vocal organs move from one position through a second, ending in a third
2.
a trigraph representing a composite vowel sound such as this
Derived Forms
triphthongal, adjective
Word Origin
C16: via New Latin from Medieval Greek triphthongos, from tri- + phthongos sound; compare diphthong
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