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phonetic alphabet

noun
1.
an alphabet containing a separate character for each distinguishable speech sound.
Origin of phonetic alphabet
1860-1865
1860-65
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  • Step by step, he has thus been able to form his phonetic alphabet.

  • Civilization began with the invention of the phonetic alphabet and the use of writing.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • We have a set of signs for Maya months and days handed down to us by Landa along with his phonetic alphabet.

  • The upper period of barbarism begins finally with the smelting of iron ore, and the discovery of the phonetic alphabet.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • But how was this to be effected with a language which, like Chinese, had no phonetic alphabet?

  • They contain the germ of a phonetic alphabet, and represent sounds of spoken language.

    The Myths of the New World Daniel G. Brinton
  • The use of a phonetic alphabet is the only way to perform this double work rapidly, rationally, and with the minimum of confusion.

  • The phonetic alphabet came, like other great inventions, at the end of successive efforts.

    Ancient Society Lewis Henry Morgan
  • It is evident that the use of a phonetic alphabet will make havoc of the ordinary spelling to be learnt subsequently.

  • They gave the phonetic alphabet to mankind and it seems not unlikely the knowledge of iron as well.

    Ancient Society Lewis Henry Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for phonetic alphabet

phonetic alphabet

noun
1.
a list of the words used in communications to represent the letters of the alphabet, as in E for Echo, T for Tango
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