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Syllable (plural Syllables)
  1. (linguistics) A unit of human speech that is interpreted by the listener as a single sound, although syllables usually consist of one or more vowel sounds, either alone or combined with the sound of one or more consonants; a word consists of one or more syllables.
  2. The written representation of a given pronounced syllable.

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Syllable (third-person singular simple present Syllables, present participle syllabling, simple past and past participle syllabled)

  1. (transitive, poetic) To utter in syllables.
    Aery tongues that syllable men's names — Milton.


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Middle English and Middle French sillabe < Latin syllaba < Ancient Greek συλλαβή (sullabē) < συλλαμβάνω (sullambanō, I gather together) < συν- (sun-, together) + λαμβάνω (lambanō, I take).