[mon-uh-sil-uh-buh l] /ˈmɒn əˌsɪl ə bəl/

a word of one , as yes or no.
a word of one syllable, esp one used as a sentence

1530s, from Latin monosyllabus “of one syllable,” from Greek monosyllabos, from monos “single, alone” (see mono-) + syllabe “syllable” (see syllable).


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