phonology

noun
pho·​nol·​o·​gy | \ fə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce phonology (audio) , 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

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Other Words from phonology

phonological \ ˌfō-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce phonology (audio) also  ˌfä-​ \ or less commonly phonologic \ ˌfō-​nə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce phonology (audio) also  ˌfä-​ \ adjective
phonologically \ ˌfō-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce phonology (audio) also  ˌfä-​ \ adverb
phonologist \ fə-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce phonology (audio) , fō-​ \ noun

Examples of phonology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lian-Hee Wee, a professor at Hong Kong Baptist University who studies Cantonese phonology, is slightly more optimistic in Hong Kong’s case. Mary Hui, Quartz, "As in mainland China, Hong Kongers now use code to evade political censorship," 3 July 2020 What — beyond a better understanding of the social and economic consequences of English phonology — does Eliza Doolittle actually get from Henry Higgins? Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "The Lyric's 'My Fair Lady' has an Eliza who deserves better," 30 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of phonology

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Phonology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phonology. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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phonology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of phonology

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

phonology

noun
pho·​nol·​o·​gy | \ fə-ˈnäl-ə-jē, fō- How to pronounce phonology (audio) \
plural phonologies

Medical 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

Other Words from phonology

phonological \ ˌfōn-​ᵊl-​ˈäj-​i-​kəl also ˌfän-​ᵊl-​ \ also phonologic \ -​ik How to pronounce phonology (audio) \ adjective
phonologically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce phonology (audio) \ adverb

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