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[al-fuh-bet-i-kuh l] /ˌæl fəˈbɛt ɪ kəl/
in the order of the letters of the alphabet:
alphabetical arrangement.
pertaining to, expressed by, or using an alphabet:
alphabetical writing.
Also, alphabetic.
Origin of alphabetical
1560-70; alphabet + -ical
Related forms
alphabetically, adverb
nonalphabetic, adjective
nonalphabetical, adjective
nonalphabetically, adverb
prealphabetical, adjective
prealphabetically, adverb
unalphabetic, adjective
unalphabetical, adjective
unalphabetically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for alphabetical
  • Each chapter is introduced by a map and a geographical profile, followed by the parks in alphabetical order.
  • It lists them according to the intensity of the electronic relationship rather than in alphabetical order.
  • The letters line up on the right-hand side of the screen in alphabetical order, top to bottom.
  • After fumbling along the boggy paths of alphabetical order to find the word, children face yet another mire.
  • The app lists the theorems in alphabetical order, or you can search for particular ones.
  • The full list follows the gallery, which shows the cities in alphabetical order.
  • We lined up in alphabetical order by our last names.
  • They are in alphabetical order and are seniors unless noted.
  • Entertainment companies are listed in alphabetical order, with no description.
  • Some sixty short texts are laid out according to the alphabetical order of their headings.
British Dictionary definitions for alphabetical


in the conventional order of the letters or symbols of an alphabet
of, characterized by, or expressed by an alphabet
Derived Forms
alphabetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for alphabetical

1560s, from alphabet + -ical. Related: Alphabetically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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