phoneme

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From Ancient Greek φώνημα (phṓnēma), from φωνέω (phōnéō), from φωνή (phōnḗ).

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  • Hyphenation: pho‧neme

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phoneme (plural phonemes)

  1. (linguistics) An indivisible unit of sound in a given language. A phoneme is an abstraction of the physical speech sounds (phones) and may encompass several different phones.

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