graph·​eme ˈgra-ˌfēm How to pronounce grapheme (audio)
: a unit (such as a letter or digraph) of a writing system
: the set of units of a writing system (such as letters and letter combinations) that represent a phoneme
graphemic adjective
graphemically adverb

Examples of grapheme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People with the most common type, grapheme-color synesthesia, see letters as colors. Shanley Pierce, Discover Magazine, 8 Oct. 2020

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Word History


-graph + -eme

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grapheme was in 1932

Dictionary Entries Near grapheme

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“Grapheme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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