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grapheme

[graf-eem] /ˈgræf im/
noun, Linguistics
1.
a minimal unit of a writing system.
2.
a unit of a writing system consisting of all the written symbols or sequences of written symbols that are used to represent a single phoneme.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; graph- + -eme
Related forms
graphemically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for graphemes

grapheme

/ˈɡræfiːm/
noun
1.
(linguistics) one of a set of orthographic symbols (letters or combinations of letters) in a given language that serve to distinguish one word from another and usually correspond to or represent phonemes, e.g. the f in fun, the ph in phantom, and the gh in laugh
Derived Forms
graphemically, adverb
Word Origin
C20: from Greek graphēma a letter
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