phonetics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
pho·​net·​ics | \ fə-ˈne-tiks How to pronounce phonetics (audio) \

Definition of phonetics

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

Examples of phonetics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While at Oxford, Hayes plans to study for graduate degrees in mathematical science as well as linguistics, philology and phonetics, according to the university. Ruth Serven Smith | Rserven@al.com, al, 23 Nov. 2021 The class is held on Wednesdays via Zoom and will be covering Moses-Columbian language history, phonetics/orthography, vocabulary, and grammar. oregonlive, 8 Oct. 2021 Francis Andrade, who lives in Woodbridge, Va., had planned to use the Barbie Pond display as a visual aide for her students, who are deaf children learning to communicate with their Hispanic parents through phonetics. Washington Post, 27 June 2021

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First Known Use of phonetics

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phonetics

phonet(ic) + -ics

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“Phonetics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phonetics. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for phonetics

phonetics

noun

English Language Learners Definition of phonetics

: the study of speech sounds

phonetics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
pho·​net·​ics | \ fə-ˈnet-iks How to pronounce phonetics (audio) \

Medical Definition of phonetics

1a : 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

More from Merriam-Webster on phonetics

Nglish: Translation of phonetics for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about phonetics

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