pho·​ne·​ti·​cian ˌfō-nə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce phonetician (audio)
 also  ˌfä-
: a specialist in phonetics

Examples of phonetician in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The original cast included Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins, an irascible phonetician in Edwardian London who gives speech lessons to a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle. Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2021 Chelsea Sanker, a phonetician at Brown University, looked at the spectrogram above to help me figure out what was going on. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 15 May 2018 Lerner and Loewe’s musical comedy confection returns to Broadway with the loverly Lauren Ambrose as the spirited flower seller Eliza Doolittle and Harry Hadden-Paton as her eccentric phonetician, Henry Higgins. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2018 The linguistics professor, a gentle phonetician, specialized in Turkic tribal dialects. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2017

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Word History


phonet(ic) + -ician

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phonetician was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Phonetician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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