reformed spelling


: any of several methods of spelling English words that use letters with more phonetic consistency than conventional spelling and that usually discard some silent letters (as in pedagog for pedagogue)

Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reformed spelling was in 1879

Dictionary Entries Near reformed spelling

Cite this Entry

“Reformed spelling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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