phonology

noun pho·nol·o·gy \ fə-ˈnä-lə-jē , fō- \

Definition of phonology

1 : the science of speech sounds including especially the history and theory of sound changes in a language or in two or more related languages
2 : the phonetics and phonemics of a language at a particular time

phonological

play \ˌfō-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl also ˌfä-\ or less commonly phonologic play \ˌfō-nə-ˈlä-jik also ˌfä-\ adjective

phonologically

play \ˌfō-nə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē also ˌfä-\ adverb

phonologist

play \fə-ˈnä-lə-jist, fō-\ noun

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First Known Use of phonology

1798


PHONOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

phonology

noun

Definition of phonology for English Language Learners

  • linguistics : the study of the speech sounds used in a language


Medical Dictionary

phonology

noun pho·nol·o·gy \ fə-ˈnäl-ə-jē, fō- \

medical Definition of phonology

plural phonologies
1 : the science of speech sounds including especially the history and theory of sound changes in a language or in two or more related languages
2 : the phonetics and phonemics of a language at a particular time

phonological

\ˌfōn-ᵊl-ˈäj-i-kəl also ˌfän-ᵊl-\ also phonologic play \-ik\ adjective

phonologically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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