[ al-fuh-bet-ik ]

  1. relating to, expressed by, or using an alphabet:The language uses alphabetic writing.

Origin of alphabetic

First recorded in 1640–50; from French alphabétique, from Late Latin alphabēticus, equivalent to alphabet + -ic

Other words from alphabetic

  • non·al·pha·bet·ic, adjective
  • un·al·pha·bet·ic, adjective

Words Nearby alphabetic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use alphabetic in a sentence

  • He taught the people how to form and use alphabetic signs and instructed them in mathematics: he gave them their code of laws.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria | Donald A. Mackenzie
  • Where obvious, typos have been corrected in the text and marked with an alphabetic footnote.

  • Professor Sayce supported him, strongly inclining toward an alphabetic or linguistic, perhaps ideographic, signification.

    The Swastika | Thomas Wilson
  • We can use her materials for sense training and lead as she does to easy mastery of the alphabetic symbols.

    The Montessori Method | Maria Montessori
  • The privilege of modifying alphabetic form is one that has been frequently exercised.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf | Arthur E. Bostwick