[ fuh-nee-mik, foh- ]
/ fəˈni mɪk, foʊ- /


of or relating to phonemes: a phonemic system.
of or relating to phonemics.
concerning or involving the discrimination of distinctive speech elements of a language: a phonemic contrast.

Origin of phonemic

First recorded in 1930–35; phoneme + -ic
Related formspho·ne·mi·cal·ly, adverbnon·pho·ne·mic, adjectivenon·pho·ne·mi·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for phonemic


/ (fəˈniːmɪk) /

adjective linguistics

of or relating to the phoneme
relating to or denoting speech sounds that belong to different phonemes rather than being allophonic variants of the same phonemeCompare phonetic (def. 2)
of or relating to phonemics
Derived Formsphonemically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for phonemic



1933, from phoneme + -ic. Related: Phonemics (1936); phonemically.

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