al·​pha·​bet | \ ˈal-fə-ˌbet How to pronounce alphabet (audio) , -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
Recent Examples on the Web But layoffs continue to come for young digital health companies, with a spate of announcements hitting the third letter of the alphabet. Katie Palmer And Casey Ross, STAT, 28 July 2022 Isla had an affinity for the alphabet and had been sounding out letters on her own. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 Stranger Things Christmas lights alphabet blanket - Snuggle with a blanket that was the key to communicating with Will in season 1. Mark Heim |, al, 30 June 2022 Well, lucky for you, the alphabet network is about to answer this question with a brand-new TV show — The Rookie: Feds. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 27 June 2022 Geared towards little ones who are still learning the alphabet, Stowell and Barnes use each letter to introduce everything from examples of diverse families to concepts about gender, pronouns, and inclusion. Lauren Morgan,, 13 June 2022 If that heightened activity returns, even the Greek alphabet may not be enough to keep track of them all. J. Besl, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 June 2022 Incorrect letters are greyed out in the alphabet below. Erik Kain, Forbes, 3 June 2022 It's written using a Lakota alphabet developed by Leroy Curley. Graham Lee Brewer, NBC News, 3 June 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of alphabet was in the 15th century

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4 Aug 2022

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“Alphabet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of alphabet

: the letters of a language arranged in their usual order

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