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phonetic

adjective pho·net·ic \fə-ˈne-tik\

: of or relating to spoken language, speech sounds, or the science of phonetics

: representing each speech sound with a single symbol

: using a system of written symbols that represent speech sounds in a way that is very close to how they actually sound

Full Definition of PHONETIC

1
:  representing the sounds and other phenomena of speech: as
a :  constituting an alteration of ordinary spelling that better represents the spoken language, that employs only characters of the regular alphabet, and that is used in a context of conventional spelling
b :  representing speech sounds by means of symbols that have one value only
c :  employing for speech sounds more than the minimum number of symbols necessary to represent the significant differences in a speaker's speech
2
a :  of or relating to spoken language or speech sounds
b :  of or relating to the science of phonetics
pho·net·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PHONETIC

  1. the phonetic units of a language
  2. This dictionary uses the International Phonetic Alphabet.
  3. Spanish is a more phonetic language than English.

Origin of PHONETIC

New Latin phoneticus, from Greek phōnētikos, from phōnein to sound with the voice, from phōnē voice
First Known Use: 1803

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

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

phonetic

adjective pho·net·ic \fə-ˈnet-ik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PHONETIC

1
a :  of or relating to spoken language or speech sounds b :  of or relating to the science of phonetics
2
:  representing the sounds and other phenomena of speech
pho·net·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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