alphabet

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin alphabētum, from Ancient Greek ἀλφάβητος(alphábētos), from ἄλφα(álpha) (Α,α) and βῆτα(bêta) (Β,β) (the first two letters of the Greek alphabet), from Phoenician aleph 𐤀(ox) and beth 𐤁(house), from Egyptian EgyptianA-01.svg(ox's head) so called because they were pictograms of those objects.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈæl.fə.bɛt/
  • (uncommon) IPA(key): /ˈæl.fə.bɪt/
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  • 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 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 be a regular language over the alphabet .
  4. (India, Hong Kong, Singapore) 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.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Macaulay, (Please provide the title of the work):
      The very alphabet of our law.

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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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Etymology[edit]

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

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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 ἄλφα(álpha) (Α,α) and βῆτα(bêta) (Β,β) (the first two letters of the Greek alphabet), from Phoenician aleph 𐤀(ox) 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)