grapheme

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek γράφω (graphō, write) + -eme.

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Noun[edit]

grapheme (plural graphemes)

  1. A fundamental unit of a writing system, corresponding to (for example) letters in the English alphabet or jamo in Korean Hangeul.
  2. In alphabetic writing, the shortest group of letters composing a phoneme.
Examples (graphemes of the phoneme /f/)

f (as in "fun")
gh (as in "rough")
ph (as in "philosopher")

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