phonetics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction pho·net·ics \ fə-ˈne-tiks \

Definition of phonetics

1 : the system of speech sounds of a language or group of languages
2 a : the study and systematic classification of the sounds made in spoken utterance
b : the practical application of this science to language study

First Known Use of phonetics

1836

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PHONETICS Defined for English Language Learners

phonetics

Definition of phonetics for English Language Learners

  • linguistics : the study of speech sounds


Medical Dictionary

phonetics

noun plural but singular in construction pho·net·ics \ fə-ˈnet-iks \

medical Definition of phonetics

1 a : the study and systematic classification of the sounds made in spoken utterance
b : the practical application of this science to language study
2 : the system of speech sounds of a language or group of languages


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