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From Latin alphabēticus +‎ -al.[1] By surface analysis, alphabet +‎ -ical.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌæl.fəˈbɛt.ɪ.kəl/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˌælfəˈbɛtɪkəl/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: al‧pha‧bet‧ic‧al


alphabetical (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to, furnished with, or expressed by letters of the alphabet.
    Synonym: alphabetic
    • 1986, Arthur Hilary Armstrong, A. A. Armstrong, Classical Mediterranean Spirituality: Egyptian, Greek, Roman, page 486:
      Paul, who talks about what the magical papyri do, has in his first letter to the Corinthians described basic aspects of alphabetical language.
  2. According to the sequence of the letters of the alphabet.
    All names were placed into an alphabetical list.
  3. (obsolete) literal
    • 1644, John Milton, The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce[2], page 31:
      But if an alphabeticall servility must be still urged, it may so fall out,

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  1. ^ alphabetical, adj.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required[1], Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000, archived from the original on 2023-09-12.