manual alphabet


Definition of manual alphabet

: an alphabet especially for the deaf in which the letters are represented by finger positions

Illustration of manual alphabet

Illustration of manual alphabet

Examples of manual alphabet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Épée adapted these signs and added his own manual alphabet, creating a signing dictionary. National Geographic, 28 May 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'manual alphabet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of manual alphabet

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About manual alphabet

Time Traveler for manual alphabet

Time Traveler

The first known use of manual alphabet was circa 1864

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near manual alphabet


manual alphabet


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for manual alphabet

Cite this Entry

“Manual alphabet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for manual alphabet

manual alphabet


Medical Definition of manual alphabet

: an alphabet especially for the deaf in which letters are represented by finger positions and that is used in finger spelling


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!