al·​pha·​bet | \ ˈal-fə-ˌbet How to pronounce alphabet (audio) , -bət\

Definition of alphabet

1a : 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
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Examples of alphabet in a Sentence

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

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Therefore, Blecher sees the school as an opportunity to teach about the Jewish Sabbath and Holy Days in addition to leading the kids in Jewish prayer circles and teaching them the Hebrew alphabet. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands’ first Jewish-focused preschool aims to keep traditions alive," 27 June 2019 Dance and arts are emphasized as tools to learn, for example, the alphabet. New York Times, "Bastion of Anti-Vaccine Fervor: Progressive Waldorf Schools," 13 June 2019 In other words, each letter of the alphabet is at your disposal with equal frequency. Quanta Magazine, "The Information Theory of Life," 19 Nov. 2015 An uncle that migrated before his family had arrived taught him the alphabet. Tyra Mcclung,, "At Hartford Public, graduates recall overcoming struggles to gain success," 12 June 2019 Microsoft’s also added 10 new alphabets, including Hiragana and Katakana, Cyrillic, and Bengali, which should add quite a few brand new options before the namespace gets crowded again. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft follows and Discord's lead, lets gamers choose any Xbox gamertag they want," 11 June 2019 Gildea had planned to make a binder for each letter of the alphabet. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Jeff Gildea will continue to visit Indiana's fading gyms as long as cancer lets him," 11 June 2019 There’s writing, graffiti in her costumes, new alphabets from new cultures. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Wrinkle in Time’ costumer’s inspirations for dressing Oprah, Reese and Mindy," 8 Mar. 2018 Its language is a four-letter alphabet, which stand for the four compounds that make up the innards of the DNA molecule. Malcolm Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Science Says: Why scientists prize plant, animal genomes," 3 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of alphabet

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for alphabet

Middle English alphabete, from Late Latin alphabetum, from Greek alphabētos, from alpha + bēta beta

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English Language Learners Definition of alphabet

: the letters of a language arranged in their usual order


al·​pha·​bet | \ ˈal-fə-ˌbet How to pronounce alphabet (audio) \

Kids Definition of alphabet

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

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