- Also pho·net·i·cal. of or relating to speech sounds, their production, or their transcription in written symbols.
- corresponding to pronunciation: phonetic transcription.
- agreeing with pronunciation: phonetic spelling.
- concerning or involving the discrimination of nondistinctive elements of a language. In English, certain phonological features, as length and aspiration, are phonetic but not phonemic.
- (in Chinese writing) a written element that represents a sound and is used in combination with a radical to form a character.
Origin of phonetic
Examples from the Web for phonetic
Phonetic, made-up lyrics are another venerable tradition of folk music, and “pa-rum-pa-pa-pum” is iconic of the genre.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
Every alternate page was in the phonetic Indian symbols, of which more hereafter.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
The use of phonetic transcription, however, is a moot question.College Teaching
Phonetic: sound producing; applied to stridulating structures.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
The sitters also were often in rows—with a slight (phonetic) difference.
It was not phonetic, nor was it etymological; it was simply Ritsonian.The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
- of or relating to phonetics
- denoting any perceptible distinction between one speech sound and another, irrespective of whether the sounds are phonemes or allophonesCompare phonemic (def. 2)
- conforming to pronunciationphonetic spelling
Word Origin and History for phonetic
"representing vocal sounds," 1803, from Modern Latin phoneticus (1797), from Greek phonetikos "vocal," from phonetos "to be spoken, utterable," verbal adjective of phonein "to speak clearly, utter," from phone "sound, voice" (see fame (n.)).
- Of or relating to phonetics.
- Representing the sounds of speech with a set of distinct symbols, each designating a single sound.