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The Definition of - alphabet (noun)

    the letters of a language in their customary order.
    any system of characters or signs with which a language is written:
    the Greek alphabet.
    any such system for representing the sounds of a language:
    the phonetic alphabet.
    first elements; basic facts; simplest rudiments:
    the alphabet of genetics.
    the alphabet, a system of writing, developed in the ancient Near East and transmitted from the northwest Semites to the Greeks, in which each symbol ideally represents one sound unit in the spoken language, and from which most alphabetical scripts are derived.

Word Example of - alphabet

    Example Sentences for alphabet

    The alphabet is to be found in the crags and valleys of the summits.

    The alphabet I am accustomed to is incapable of representing that man's name.

    In their alphabet they have neither s nor v; and some of their letters would require a new character to ascertain them precisely.

    As a perishing blond without an alphabet I should have done this unwaveringly.

    Scarce, however, had he mastered the alphabet, until the faculties of the deformed began to expand.

    Several of these children learnt the alphabet in four hours.

    The dispersal of the alphabet over a printed page is not less perplexing to the illiterate.

    The next time use the letter "C" and so on through the alphabet.

    I bet I know something you don't, now—what verse in the Bible has every letter in the alphabet in it except 'J'?

    Carve all the letters of the alphabet on a medium sized pumpkin.

Word Origin & History of - alphabet

    Word Origin & History

    alphabet 1560s (implied in alphabetical), from L.L. alphabetum (Tertullian), from Gk. alphabetos, from alpha + beta, the first two letters of it, from Heb.-Phoen. aleph, pausal form of eleph "ox" + beth, lit. "house;" the letters so called because their shapes resembled or represented those objects. The Greeks added -a to the end of many Heb.-Phoenician letter names because Gk. words cannot end in most consonants. Alphabet soup first attested 1907.

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