What is a triphthong?

  • Three vowels that make only one vowel sound, the sound of an A, E, I, O, or U.
    • examples:  beautiful, anxious, & precious
  • A triphthon is only one syllable because it makes only one vowel sound.

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Fun Fact
In the Middle Ages,
a “moment” was 90 seconds.

Triphthong Examples

All diphthongs are highlighted below, in red:
  • beauty
  • beautiful
  • cautious
  • chateau
  • infectious
  • precious
  • malicious
  • suspicious
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