[ foh-nuh-gram ]
/ ˈfoʊ nəˌgræm /


a unit symbol of a phonetic writing system, standing for a speech sound, syllable, or other sequence of speech sounds without reference to meaning.

Origin of phonogram

First recorded in 1855–60; phono- + -gram1

Related forms

pho·no·gram·ic, pho·no·gram·mic, adjectivepho·no·gram·i·cal·ly, pho·no·gram·mi·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for phonogram


/ (ˈfəʊnəˌɡræm) /


any written symbol standing for a sound, syllable, morpheme, or word
a sequence of written symbols having the same sound in a variety of different words, for example, ough in bought, ought, and brought

Derived Forms

phonogramic or phonogrammic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for phonogram


[ fōnə-grăm′ ]


A graphic tracing depicting the duration and intensity of a sound.
A character or symbol, as in a phonetic alphabet, representing a word or phoneme in speech.
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