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phonetic alphabet

an alphabet containing a separate character for each distinguishable speech sound.
Origin of phonetic alphabet
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Civilization began with the invention of the phonetic alphabet and the use of writing.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
  • Step by step, he has thus been able to form his phonetic alphabet.

  • Printing with moveable type and a phonetic alphabet were brought into use and vernacular literature began to flourish.

  • The upper period of barbarism begins finally with the smelting of iron ore, and the discovery of the phonetic alphabet.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • They contain the germ of a phonetic alphabet, and represent sounds of spoken language.

    The Myths of the New World Daniel G. Brinton
  • We have a set of signs for Maya months and days handed down to us by Landa along with his phonetic alphabet.

  • They gave the phonetic alphabet to mankind and it seems not unlikely the knowledge of iron as well.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan
  • It is interesting as one of the stages of an art which culminated in the invention of a phonetic alphabet.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan
  • The phonetic alphabet came, like other great inventions, at the end of successive efforts.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan
  • The use of a phonetic alphabet is the only way to perform this double work rapidly, rationally, and with the minimum of confusion.

British Dictionary definitions for phonetic alphabet

phonetic alphabet

a list of the words used in communications to represent the letters of the alphabet, as in E for Echo, T for Tango
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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