[fuh-nee-mik, foh-]
  1. of or relating to phonemes: a phonemic system.
  2. of or relating to phonemics.
  3. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for phonemically

Historical Examples of phonemically

  • Ramirez and Stoughton had both agreed with him that Easton's speech was phonemically identical to English.

    Rough Translation

    Jean M. Janis

British Dictionary definitions for phonemically


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



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

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