Onomatopoeia
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Onomatopoeia

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A sign in a shop window in Milan using onomatopoeia for a clock

Etymology

Borrowed from Ancient Greek (onomatopoiía, "the coining of a word in imitation of a sound"), from (onomatopoié?, "to coin names"), from (ónoma, "name") + (poié?, "to make, to do, to produce").

Pronunciation

Noun

onomatopoeia (countable and uncountable, plural onomatopoeias or onomatopoeiae)

  1. (uncountable) The property of a word of sounding like what it represents.
    • 1553, Thomas Wilson, Desiderius Erasmus, Arte of Rhetorique[1], Oxford: Clarendon Press, published 1909:
      A woorde making called of the Grecians Onomatapoia, is when wee make wordes of our owne minde, such as bee derived from the nature of things.
  2. (countable) A word that sounds like what it represents, such as "gurgle" or "hiss".
    1. (countable) A word that appropriates a sound for another sensation or a perceived nature, such as "thud", "beep", "meow" or "gloioioioing"; an ideophone, phenomime.
  3. (uncountable, rhetoric) The use of language whose sound imitates that which it names.

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Latin

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Etymology

From the Ancient Greek ? (onomatopoií?).

Pronunciation

Noun

onomatopoeia f (genitive onomatopoeiae); first declension

  1. (rhetoric) onomatopoeia (the forming of a word to resemble in sound the thing that it signifies)

Declension

First-declension noun.

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