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circumflex (SUR-kuhm-fleks) noun

A mark (^) used over a vowel in certain languages or in phonetic keys to indicate quality of pronunciation.


1. Having this mark.

2. Curving around.

[From Latin circumflexus, bent around, circumflex, past participle of circumflectere, to bend around : circum- + flectere, to bend.]

"At the center of their protest is the circumflex accent, a little hat the French occasionally put over vowels (as inchateau and hotel, crouton and maitre). To simplify matters, the new rules would remove it from i's and u's." France: Tempest in a Chapeau, Time, 14 Jan 1991.

This week's theme: words about punctuation and diacritics.


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