al·​pha·​bet·​ic ˌal-fə-ˈbe-tik How to pronounce alphabetic (audio)
variants or alphabetical
usually alphabetical : arranged in the order of the letters of the alphabet
: of, relating to, or employing an alphabet
alphabetically adverb

Examples of alphabetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the app’s tip board, the choices are alphabetical, so looking for Wild Tea Party under T for teacups doesn’t work. Dewayne Bevil,, 28 Oct. 2021 Here is the list, in alphabetical order by last name of the players, who were either on the 53-man roster, the practice squad or on an injured list. Brett Shweky,, 17 Sep. 2021 In the Atlantic, names are assigned in alphabetical order. Jo Craven McGinty, WSJ, 16 July 2021 The alphabetical list of names for each season and area is produced by the World Meteorological Organization. Julia Musto, Fox News, 28 Feb. 2021 Here are the council candidates by district, in alphabetical order. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, 12 Feb. 2021 Players are listed first by position, then in alphabetical order by last name. Jim Derry,, 20 Jan. 2021 Here are 15 significant recordings, presented in alphabetical order. Melissa Ruggieri, ajc, 31 Dec. 2020 As the episode kindly notes, the children were named in alphabetical order, which reminds us that Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) is the eldest, and that Daphne is the fourth-born. Lia Beck,, 25 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of alphabetic was in 1543

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“Alphabetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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