alphabet

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin alphabētum, from Ancient Greek ἀλφάβητος (alphábētos), from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, ἄλφα (álpha) (Α,α) and βῆτα (bêta) (Β,β), from Phoenician aleph 𐤀 and beth 𐤁 (house), from Egyptian [script needed] (ox's head) so called because they were pictograms of those objects.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈæl.fə.bɛt/
  • (uncommon:) IPA(key): /ˈæl.fə.bɪt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: al‧pha‧bet

Noun[edit]

alphabet (plural alphabets)

  1. The set of letters used when writing in a language.
    The Greek alphabet has only twenty-four letters.
    In the first year of school, pupils are taught to recite the alphabet.
  2. A writing system in which letters represent phonemes. (Contrast e.g. logography, a writing system in which each character represents a word, and syllabary, in which each character represents a syllable.)
    1. A true alphabet, a writing system in which there are letters for the consonant and vowel phonemes. (Contrast e.g. abjad.)
  3. (computer science) A typically finite set of distinguishable symbols.
    Let L be a regular language over the alphabet \Sigma.
  4. (India) An individual letter of an alphabet; an alphabetic character.
    • 2002, Eugene E. Dike, African myth of creation in African form of writing, Monsenstein und Vannerdat, ISBN 3936600406, page 30:
      We realize the fact that the alphabet A has been used in many world scripts as a vowel with the others AEIOU.
    • 2005, Satinder Bal Gupta, Comprehensive Discrete Mathematics & Structures, Laxmi Publications, page 237:
      There are 26 alphabets in English.
  5. The simplest rudiments; elements.
    • Macaulay
      The very alphabet of our law.

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Verb[edit]

alphabet (third-person singular simple present alphabets, present participle alphabeting, simple past and past participle alphabeted)

  1. To designate by the letters of the alphabet; to arrange alphabetically.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin alphabētum, from Ancient Greek ἀλφάβητος (alphábētos), from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, ἄλφα (álpha) (Α,α) and βῆτα (bêta) (Β,β), from Phoenician aleph 𐤀 and beth 𐤁 (house), from Egyptian [script needed] (ox's head) so called because they were pictograms of those objects.

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Noun[edit]

alphabet m (plural alphabets)

  1. alphabet (set of letters considered as a group)

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin alphabētum, from Ancient Greek ἀλφάβητος (alphábētos), from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, ἄλφα (álpha) (Α,α) and βῆτα (bêta) (Β,β), from Phoenician aleph 𐤀 and beth 𐤁 (house), from Egyptian [script needed] (ox's head) so called because they were pictograms of those objects.

Noun[edit]

alphabet m (plural alphabets)

  1. alphabet (set of letters considered as a group)