[ fuh-nee-miks, foh- ]
/ fəˈni mɪks, foʊ- /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the study of phonemes and phonemic systems.
the phonemic system of a language, or a discussion of this: English phonemics.

Origin of phonemics

First recorded in 1935–40; phoneme + -ics

Related forms

pho·ne·mi·cist [fuh-nee-muh-sist, foh-] /fəˈni mə sɪst, foʊ-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for phonemics


/ (fəˈniːmɪks) /


(functioning as singular) that aspect of linguistics concerned with the classification, analysis, interrelation, and environmental changes of the phonemes of a language

Derived Forms

phonemicist, noun
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