|1.||open See also closed a combination or set of one or more units of sound in a language that must consist of a sonorous element (a sonant or vowel) and may or may not contain less sonorous elements (consonants or semivowels) flanking it on either or both sides: for example "paper" has two syllables|
|2.||(in the writing systems of certain languages, esp ancient ones) a symbol or set of symbols standing for a syllable|
|3.||the least mention in speech or print: don't breathe a syllable of it|
|4.||in words of one syllable simply; bluntly|
|5.||to pronounce syllables of (a text); articulate|
|6.||(tr) to write down in syllables|
|[C14: via Old French from Latin syllaba, from Greek sullabē, from sullambanein to collect together, from sul-|
see words of one syllable.