[ awr-thog-ruh-fee ]

noun,plural or·thog·ra·phies for 3-5.
  1. the art of writing words with the proper letters, according to accepted usage; correct spelling.

  2. the part of language study concerned with letters and spelling.

  1. a method of spelling, as by the use of an alphabet or other system of symbols; spelling.

  2. a system of such symbols: Missionaries provided the first orthography for the language.

  3. an orthographic projection, or an elevation drawn by means of it.

Origin of orthography

1425–75; late Middle English ortografye<Latin orthographia correct writing, orthogonal projection <Greek orthographía.See ortho-, -graphy

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/ (ɔːˈθɒɡrəfɪ) /

nounplural -phies
  1. a writing system

    • spelling considered to be correct

    • the principles underlying spelling

  1. the study of spelling

  2. orthographic projection

Derived forms of orthography

  • orthographer or orthographist, noun

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