From Ancient Greek διακριτικός (diakritikós, “distinguishing, separative”), from διακρίνειν (diakrínein, “to distinguish, separate”), from διά (diá, “between”) + κρίνω (krínō, “I separate, distinguish”).
diacritic (comparative more diacritic, superlative most diacritic)
- (orthography, not comparable) Denoting a distinguishing mark applied to a letter or character.
diacritic (plural diacritics)
- A special mark added to a letter to indicate a different pronunciation, stress, tone, or meaning.