follow Dictionary.com

Your favorite word could be our Word of the Day!

phonemic

[fuh-nee-mik, foh-] /fəˈni mɪk, foʊ-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to phonemes:
a phonemic system.
2.
of or pertaining to phonemics.
3.
concerning or involving the discrimination of distinctive speech elements of a language:
a phonemic contrast.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; phoneme + -ic
Related forms
phonemically, adverb
nonphonemic, adjective
nonphonemically, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for nonphonemic

phonemic

/fəˈniːmɪk/
adjective (linguistics)
1.
of or relating to the phoneme
2.
relating to or denoting speech sounds that belong to different phonemes rather than being allophonic variants of the same phoneme Compare phonetic (sense 2)
3.
of or relating to phonemics
Derived Forms
phonemically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for nonphonemic

phonemic

adj.

1933, from phoneme + -ic. Related: Phonemics (1936); phonemically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for phonemic

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for nonphonemic

20
0
Scrabble Words With Friends