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: a set of letters or other characters with which one or more languages are written especially if arranged in a customary order
: a system of signs or signals that serve as equivalents for letters
: rudiments, elements
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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
Middle English alphabete, from Late Latin alphabetum, from Greek alphabētos, from alpha + bēta beta
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: the letters of a language arranged in their usual order
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: the letters used in writing a language arranged in their regular order
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