accent-n; 6 Senses

Sense Number 1: speech patterns, pronunciation of a language

Commentary: ACCENT[+quality][+pronunciation][+language][+dialect/+idiolect]
NOTE: refers to the overall pronunciation of a language, not just a syllable (Sense 3)

He speaks English with a thick Russian accent.
I couldn't place his accent for certain, but I'd guess southern New Jersey.
These tapes will help improve your French accent.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3

Sense Number 2: a stylistic quality of prominence or emphasis

Commentary: ACCENT[+quality][+style][+feature][+noticeable]

Nutmeg and black pepper will add an accent of spice to the roasted vegetables.
The red scarf added a bright accent to Mary's outfit.
The carpet was blue and green with accents of gold.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: intonational stress on a syllable

Commentary: ACCENT[+quality][+pronunciation][+intonation][+stressed]

The accent falls on the second syllable of the word 'surprise'.
Sing the phrase more smoothly, without so much accent on specific syllables.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 4: a notational mark used in writing, diacritic

Commentary: ACCENT[+symbol][+notation][+diacritic]

You must learn to recognize three different accent marks in written French.
The accent over the vowel indicates that the stress falls on that syllable.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 5: a state of importance, priority

Commentary: ACCENT[+state][+significance][+emphasis]

There is an accent on participation in his classes.
His serving staff puts a lot of accent on the details.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 7b

Sense Number 6: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)