grapheme

noun
graph·​eme | \ ˈgra-ˌfēm How to pronounce grapheme (audio) \

Definition of grapheme

1 : a unit (such as a letter or digraph) of a writing system
2 : the set of units of a writing system (such as letters and letter combinations) that represent a phoneme

Other Words from grapheme

graphemic \ gra-​ˈfē-​mik How to pronounce graphemic (audio) \ adjective
graphemically \ gra-​ˈfē-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce graphemically (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of grapheme

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grapheme

-graph + -eme

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“Grapheme.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grapheme. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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