digraph

noun
di·​graph | \ ˈdī-ˌgraf How to pronounce digraph (audio) \

Definition of digraph

1 : a group of two successive letters whose phonetic value is a single sound (such as ea in bread or ng in sing) or whose value is not the sum of a value borne by each in other occurrences (such as ch in chin where the value is \t\ + \sh\)
2 : a group of two successive letters

Other Words from digraph

digraphic \ dī-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce digraph (audio) \ adjective
digraphically \ dī-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce digraph (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of digraph

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Digraph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digraph. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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