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[foh-nuh-gram] /ˈfoʊ nəˌgræm/
a unit symbol of a phonetic writing system, standing for a speech sound, syllable, or other sequence of speech sounds without reference to meaning.
Origin of phonogram
1855-60; phono- + -gram1
Related forms
phonogramic, phonogrammic, adjective
phonogramically, phonogrammically, adverb Unabridged
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  • The teacher writes a phonogram on the board and below it all the consonant sounds from which words may be built.

    How to Teach Phonics Lida M. Williams
  • It then came to stand as a phonogram to express the word nefer, good.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • When he has finished the sheet, or phonogram, as I call it, it is ready for putting into a little box made on purpose for mails.

  • In 1888 Edison sent his first phonogram by steamer to England.

    The Boyhood of Great Inventors A. Fraser Robertson
  • This picture writing or hieroglyphic was well developed and in the phonogram stage about 5000 B.C.

    Books Before Typography Frederick W. Hamilton
  • The next step forward is the development of the ideogram into the phonogram, or sound sign.

    Books Before Typography Frederick W. Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for phonogram


any written symbol standing for a sound, syllable, morpheme, or word
a sequence of written symbols having the same sound in a variety of different words, for example, ough in bought, ought, and brought
Derived Forms
phonogramic, phonogrammic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for phonogram

1845, "a written symbol," from phono- + -gram. From 1879 as "a sound recording."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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phonogram in Medicine

phonogram pho·no·gram (fō'nə-grām')

  1. A graphic tracing depicting the duration and intensity of a sound.

  2. A character or symbol, as in a phonetic alphabet, representing a word or phoneme in speech.

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