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noun

an alphabet containing a separate character for each distinguishable speech sound.

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Origin of phonetic alphabet

First recorded in 1860–65

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British Dictionary definitions for phonetic alphabet

phonetic alphabet

noun

a list of the words used in communications to represent the letters of the alphabet, as in E for Echo, T for Tango
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