alphabet

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noun al·pha·bet \ˈal-fə-ˌbet, -bət\

Definition of alphabet

  1. 1 a :  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

  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: 1513

Other Alphabet Terms



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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