[fuh-nol-uh-jee, foh-]
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noun, plural pho·nol·o·gies.
  1. the study of the distribution and patterning of speech sounds in a language and of the tacit rules governing pronunciation.
  2. the phonological system or the body of phonological facts of a language.

Origin of phonology

First recorded in 1790–1800; phono- + -logy
Related formspho·no·log·i·cal [fohn-l-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌfoʊn lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, pho·no·log·ic, adjectivepho·no·log·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -gies
  1. the study of the sound system of a language or of languages in generalCompare syntax (def. 1), syntax (def. 2), semantics
  2. such a sound system
Derived Formsphonological (ˌfəʊnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl, ˌfɒn-), adjectivephonologically, adverbphonologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for phonological

1818, from phonology + -ical. Related: Phonologically.



1799, from phono- + -logy.

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