alphabet

play
noun al·pha·bet \ˈal-fə-ˌbet, -bət\

Definition of alphabet

  1. 1a :  a set of letters or other characters with which one or more languages are written especially if arranged in a customary orderb :  a system of signs or signals that serve as equivalents for letters

  2. 2 :  rudiments, elements

Examples of alphabet in a Sentence

  1. The Roman alphabet begins with A and ends with Z.

  2. you need to learn the alphabet of genealogy before you can move on to more advanced study

Recent Examples of alphabet from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'alphabet'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of alphabet

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

Other Alphabet Terms



ALPHABET Defined for English Language Learners

alphabet

play
noun

Definition of alphabet for English Language Learners

  • : the letters of a language arranged in their usual order


ALPHABET Defined for Kids

alphabet

play
noun al·pha·bet \ˈal-fə-ˌbet\

Definition of alphabet for Students

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up alphabet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

lacking social experience or grace

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!