phonetic alphabet

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phonetic alphabet (plural phonetic alphabets)

  1. A writing system used to unambiguously transcribe the sounds of human speech.
    International Phonetic Alphabet
  2. A spelling alphabet: a set of code words used to substitute the names of the letters of the alphabet, usually for clarity of communication when spelling out words.
    Synonyms: spelling alphabet, radio alphabet
    NATO phonetic alphabet

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