Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[foh-nog-ruh-fee] /foʊˈnɒg rə fi/
noun, plural phonographies for 2.
phonetic spelling, writing, or shorthand.
a system of phonetic shorthand, as that invented by Sir Isaac Pitman in 1837.
Origin of phonography
First recorded in 1695-1705; phono- + -graphy
Related forms
phonographer, phonographist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for phonography
Historical Examples
  • With what bright anticipations we took up the study of phonography last October!

    Silver Links Various
  • In typewriting our progress has been as encouraging as in phonography.

    Silver Links Various
  • You, on the other hand, must keep in mind the fact that you have not learned all there is to be learned about phonography.

    Silver Links Various
  • "A wrong air to be righted in this here camp," said phonography, virtuously.

    Rolling Stones

    O. Henry
  • And then I found phonography a mystery indeed, and too great a mystery for me, since I could not attain to it.

    Far Off Things Arthur Machen
  • Complete catalog of other aids to the study of phonography, free.

  • For this phonography really amounts to a study of the cheapest way of spelling words.

  • It is really a system of phonography to be used with the typewriter whenever it is practicable to employ that instrument.

  • From the time of the commencement of the class, we have been climbing, climbing, up the steep and rugged paths of phonography.

    Silver Links Various
  • Like the written and printed alphabet of Europe, the alphabet of phonography was made phonetic.

British Dictionary definitions for phonography


a writing system that represents sounds by individual symbols Compare logography
the employment of such a writing system
Derived Forms
phonographer, phonographist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for phonography

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for phonography

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for phonography