[ sil-uh-ber-ee ]
/ ˈsɪl əˌbɛr i /

noun, plural syl·la·bar·ies.

a list or catalog of syllables.
a set of written symbols, each of which represents a syllable, used to write a given language: the Japanese syllabary.

Nearby words

  1. syl-,
  2. sylacauga,
  3. syli,
  4. syll.,
  5. syllabarium,
  6. syllabi,
  7. syllabic,
  8. syllabicate,
  9. syllabicity,
  10. syllabify

Origin of syllabary

From the New Latin word syllabārium, dating back to 1580–90. See syllable, -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for syllabary


/ (ˈsɪləbərɪ) /

noun plural -baries

a table or list of syllables
a set of symbols used in certain writing systems, such as one used for Japanese, in which each symbol represents a spoken syllable

Word Origin for syllabary

C16: from New Latin syllabārium, from Latin syllaba syllable

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