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
Related formspho·no·gram·ic, pho·no·gram·mic, adjectivepho·no·gram·i·cal·ly, pho·no·gram·mi·cal·ly, adverb
First recorded in 1855–60; phono-
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It then came to stand as a phonogram to express the word nefer, good.
In 1888 Edison sent his first phonogram by steamer to England.
The next step forward is the development of the ideogram into the phonogram, or sound sign.
This picture writing or hieroglyphic was well developed and in the phonogram stage about 5000 B.C.
The teacher writes a phonogram on the board and below it all the consonant sounds from which words may be built.
British Dictionary definitions for phonogram
Derived Formsphonogramic or phonogrammic, adjective
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
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Word Origin and History for phonogram
1845, "a written symbol," from phono- + -gram. From 1879 as "a sound recording."
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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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