or al·pha·bet·ic

[ al-fuh-bet-i-kuh l or al-fuh-bet-ik ]
/ ˌæl fəˈbɛt ɪ kəl or ˌæl fəˈbɛt ɪk /


in the order of the letters of the alphabet: alphabetical arrangement.
pertaining to, expressed by, or using an alphabet:alphabetical writing.

Origin of alphabetical

First recorded in 1560–70; alphabet + -ical

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British Dictionary definitions for alphabetical



/ (ˌælfəˈbɛtɪkəl) /


in the conventional order of the letters or symbols of an alphabet
of, characterized by, or expressed by an alphabet

Derived Forms

alphabetically, adverb
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