Definition of Trigraph

1. n. Three letters united in pronunciation so as to have but one sound, or to form but one syllable, as -ieu in adieu; a triphthong.

Definition of Trigraph

1. Noun. (linguistics) A specific sequence of three letters, especially one used collectively to represent a single phoneme. ¹

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Definition of Trigraph

1. a group of three letters representing one sound [n -S]

Medical Definition of Trigraph

1. Three letters united in pronunciation so as to have but one sound, or to form but one syllable, as -ieu in adieu; a triphthong. Origin: Pref. Tri- + -graph. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Trigraph

trigonum olfactorium
trigonum omoclaviculare
trigonum omotracheale
trigonum palati
trigonum sternocostale
trigonum submandibulare
trigonum submentale
trigonum ventriculi
trigonum vesicae
trigos
trigram
trigramin
trigrammatic
trigrammic
trigrams
trigraph (current term)
trigraphic
trigraphs
trigs
trigyn
trigynia
trigynous
trihalide
trihalides
trihalogenomethane
trihalomethane
trihalomethanes
trihedra
trihedral
trihedrals

Literary usage of Trigraph

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1. An English Grammar Conformed to Present Usage: With an Objective Method of by Alfred Holbrook (1873)
"VOWEL trigraph.—A. combination of three vowels representing one or two sounds. Remark.—Earn, in beau, represents one sound; ..."

2. Aids to the Pronunciation of Irish by Christian Brothers (1905)
"This trigraph = u preceded and followed by a slender consonant (Connaught, ... This trigraph occurs in only one or two words — eg, Aeip (= e + slender p), ..."

3. Japan, Its History, Arts, and Literature by Frank Brinkley (1902)
"The trigraph indicated by the remainder is called the " inner complement," and is ... The above process is now repeated, and a second trigraph is obtained. ..."

4. Japan, Its History, Arts and Literature by Frank Brinkley (1902)
"The trigraph indicated by the remainder is called the " inner complement," and is ... The above process is now repeated, and a second trigraph is obtained. ..."

5. English Words as Spoken and Written: Designed to Teach the Powers of Letters by James A. Bowen (1900)
"A similar union of three letters, as eau, tch, is called a trigraph. ... Usually one letter of a digraph or trigraph is sounded, the others being silent. ..."

6. Transactions of the Philological Society by Philological Society (Great Britain). (1881)
"... the trigraph chj comes very near to and perhaps is nothing else but (ksh). The Southern Corsican and some French dialects, as the Picard, etc., ..."

7. A Practical German Grammar by Calvin Thomas (1905)
"The digraphs, trigraph and diphthongs are named by combining the names of their component parts (thus ф is called tsay-hah) ; the vowels with umlaut by ..."

8. Fundamentals of the English Language, Or, Orthography and Orthoepy: Designed by Frank Van Buren Irish (1888)
"... or trigraph, is the union of three vowels in a syllable, one or two of which are silent; as in view, eye. There are four proper diphthongs : oi, oy, au, ..."

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