phonetic alphabet

noun

Definition of phonetic alphabet

1 : a set of symbols (such as the IPA) used for phonetic transcription
2 : any of various systems of identifying letters of the alphabet by means of code words in voice communication

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1848

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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