allophone

noun
al·​lo·​phone | \ ˈa-lə-ˌfōn How to pronounce allophone (audio) \

Definition of allophone

: one of two or more variants of the same phoneme the aspirated \p\ of pin and the unaspirated \p\ of spin are allophones of the phoneme \p\

Other Words from allophone

allophonic \ ˌa-​lə-​ˈfä-​nik How to pronounce allophone (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of allophone

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allophone

allo- + -phone entry 1

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“Allophone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allophone. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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