Circumflex (noun)

A symbol (^) used in writing and printing to indicate a variety of different pronunciations, stress, or length in some languages.


Late 16th century. from latin circumflexus, past participle of circumflēre, meaning 'to bend around', from circum 'around' + flēre 'to bend'.


  1. In French, the circumflex is used to indicate a missing letter.
  2. The circumflex is used in English to indicate a stressed syllable.
  3. The circumflex can also indicate a long vowel sound.
  4. The circumflex is not used in all languages and has different meanings in different languages.
  5. The circumflex is an important tool for language students to understand pronunciation.
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