alphabet

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

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

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Add alphabet stickers in corner or center of notebook desired to spell out recipient's name or monogram. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "11 Ridiculously Awesome DIY Gifts for Your BFFs," 12 Sep. 2018 Add alphabet stickers in corner or center of notebook desired to spell out recipient's name or monogram. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "11 Ridiculously Awesome DIY Gifts for Your BFFs," 12 Sep. 2018 Start typing each letter of the alphabet and see what pops up. 7. Kim Komando, Fox News, "8 clever ways that tech can reveal a cheating spouse," 15 Sep. 2018 This launches a tour of O’Reilly's thoughts on platforms and other tech ecosystems—and those who abuse them (exhibit A is Microsoft, exhibit B is Twitter, followed by an entire alphabet of rogues). Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Tim O‘Reilly discusses the birth of “open source”," 1 Aug. 2018 And some students couldn’t even grasp all the letters of the alphabet. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "Supporting school libraries a real no-brainer," 13 May 2018 Add alphabet stickers in corner or center of notebook desired to spell out recipient's name or monogram. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "11 Ridiculously Awesome DIY Gifts for Your BFFs," 12 Sep. 2018 After an alliance with the Mexican Mafia for protection inside California prisons, Mara Salvatrucha became MS-13—M is the 13th letter of the alphabet, a sign of respect for their new partners. Del Quentin Wilber, WSJ, "MS-13, Violent and Unruly, Is Trying to Organize—Can It?," 19 Aug. 2018 The honey-makers swarm up and out into a magical atmosphere activated by soaring paper airplanes and floating geometric shapes, letters of the alphabet, and numbers. Victoria Dalkey, sacbee, "Jack Alvarez explores his cultural roots in poetic images," 22 June 2018

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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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alphabet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of alphabet

: the letters of a language arranged in their usual order

alphabet

noun
al·​pha·​bet | \ ˈal-fə-ˌbet \

Kids Definition of alphabet

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

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