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

First Known Use of phonetics

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Phonetics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phonetics. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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phonetics

noun
How to pronounce phonetics (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of phonetics

linguistics : the study of speech sounds

phonetics

noun plural 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

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