alphabet

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

Essential Meaning of alphabet

: the letters of a language arranged in their usual order The Roman alphabet begins with "A" and ends with "Z."

Full 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
Recent Examples on the Web The metalwork forming the dendrites of the Purkinje cells incorporates letters from the Korean alphabet, a nod to Lee’s personal history. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 12 Aug. 2021 The world is in the midst of a global experiment in which a single virus is turning into a full Greek alphabet of distinct strains, each with its own suite of mutations. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 The world is in the midst of a global experiment in which a single virus is turning into a full Greek alphabet of distinct strains, each with its own suite of mutations. Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, 17 July 2021 The world is in the midst of a global experiment in which a single virus is turning into a full Greek alphabet of distinct strains, each with its own suite of mutations. Joel Achenbach, Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 In the first two books of De rerum natura, which focus on the material world, Lucretius compares these fundamental particles to letters in an alphabet, a finite set that can form an infinite variety of sentences. Priyamvada Natarajan, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 In Tut, every letter in the English alphabet becomes a distinct sound. NBC News, 17 Aug. 2021 Make your favorite kind of sandwich (peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese) using L’oven Fresh 100% Whole Wheat Bread, then use a cookie cutter to trim it into a fun shape like a star, heart, or letters in the alphabet. Juliet Izon, Good Housekeeping, 5 Aug. 2021 The coronavirus variants are named after letters in the Greek alphabet. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of alphabet was in the 15th century

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21 Sep 2021

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“Alphabet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alphabet. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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alphabet

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

Kids Definition of alphabet

: the letters of a language arranged in their usual order

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