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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

Origin and Etymology of alphabet

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


First Known Use: 15th century

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ALPHABET Defined for English Language Learners

alphabet

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noun al·pha·bet \ˈal-fə-ˌbet, -bət\

Definition of alphabet for English Language Learners

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


ALPHABET Defined for Kids

alphabet

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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



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