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orthography

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noun or·thog·ra·phy \ȯr-ˈthä-grə-fē\

Simple Definition of orthography

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

Full Definition of orthography

  1. 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. 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

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