an·​al·​pha·​bet (ˌ)an-ˈal-fə-ˌbet How to pronounce analphabet (audio)
: a person who cannot read : illiterate
analphabetic adjective or noun
analphabetism noun

Word History


borrowed from New Latin analphabētus, derivative of analphabētus, adjective, "illiterate," borrowed from Greek analphábētos, from an- an- + -alphabētos, derivative of alphábētos alphabet

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of analphabet was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Analphabet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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