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orthography

noun or·thog·ra·phy \r-ˈthä-grə-fē\

: the way in which the words of a language are spelled

Full Definition of ORTHOGRAPHY

1
a :  the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage
b :  the representation of the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
2
:  a part of language study that deals with letters and spelling

Origin of ORTHOGRAPHY

Middle English ortografie, from Anglo-French, from Latin orthographia, from Greek, from orth- + graphein to write — more at carve
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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