syl·​la·​bary | \ ˈsi-lə-ˌber-ē How to pronounce syllabary (audio) \
plural syllabaries

Definition of syllabary

: a table or listing of syllables specifically : a series or set of written characters each one of which is used to represent a syllable

Examples of syllabary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But nearly 600 years ago, a scientifically minded Korean king introduced hangul, an indigenous writing system often called the best designed syllabary in the world. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: One Ariana Grande, Two Stadiums; Toni Morrison on the Silver Screen," 15 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'syllabary.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of syllabary

1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for syllabary

New Latin syllabarium, from Latin syllaba syllable

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about syllabary

Time Traveler for syllabary

Time Traveler

The first known use of syllabary was in 1586

See more words from the same year

Statistics for syllabary

Cite this Entry

“Syllabary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on syllabary Encyclopedia article about syllabary

Comments on syllabary

What made you want to look up syllabary? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!