b) Denoting a distinguishing mark applied to a letter or character.
2. noun
A special mark added to a letter to indicate a different pronunciation, stress, tone, or meaning.

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  • diacritic — noun Date: 1866 a mark near or through an orthographic or phonetic character or combination of characters indicating a phonetic value different from that given the unmarked or otherwise marked element …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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