noun al·pha·bet \ˈal-fə-ˌbet, -bət\

: the letters of a language arranged in their usual order

Full Definition of ALPHABET

a :  a set of letters or other characters with which one or more languages are written especially if arranged in a customary order
b :  a system of signs or signals that serve as equivalents for letters
alphabet table

Examples of ALPHABET

  1. The Roman alphabet begins with A and ends with Z.
  2. <you need to learn the alphabet of genealogy before you can move on to more advanced study>

Origin of ALPHABET

Middle English alphabete, from Late Latin alphabetum, from Greek alphabētos, from alpha + bēta beta
First Known Use: 1513

Other Alphabet Terms

cuneiform, linear, minuscule, pictograph, rune, symbology, wedge
ALPHABET Defined for Kids


noun al·pha·bet \ˈal-fə-ˌbet\

Definition of ALPHABET for Kids

:  the letters used in writing a language arranged in their regular order
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