alphabetization

noun
al·​pha·​bet·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌal-fə-ˌbe-tə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce alphabetization (audio) \

Definition of alphabetization

1 : the act or process of alphabetizing
2 : an alphabetically arranged series, list, or file

Examples of alphabetization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the genre taxonomy here is rather vague, so is my attempt at alphabetization. Nora Krug, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 The rise of the printing press in the mid-15th century furthered the cause of alphabetization by sparking an unprecedented explosion in the dissemination of information. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Oct. 2020 At that time, Brittany was seen as a region resistant to the French Revolution, where de-Christianization, alphabetization, and urbanization happened later than elsewhere. Jean-marie Pottier, Slate Magazine, 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of alphabetization

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of alphabetization was in 1864

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Last Updated

7 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Alphabetization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alphabetization. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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