the Roman alphabet


: the alphabet that was used for writing Latin and that is now used for writing English and many other European languages

Examples of the Roman alphabet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At this point, the Roman alphabet was a dual system: Each letter had two forms, the majuscule (A, B) and minuscule (a, b), and scribes were in the habit of making some letters bigger than others – setting the stage for the development of capitalization. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 July 2023 By trying to mouth out the words that code for each letter of the Roman alphabet, a paralyzed patient could spell out any word that popped into their head, stringing those words together to communicate in full sentences. Marla Broadfoot, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2023 The church adapted the Roman alphabet to introduce literacy in the Sora language, and in the 1980s a flood of government schools, roads, employment and development cash introduced speaking and writing in Odia, too. Piers Vitebsky, Scientific American, 12 Dec. 2022

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“The Roman alphabet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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