[ trans-lit-uh-reyt, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈlɪt əˌreɪt, trænz- /

verb (used with object), trans·lit·er·at·ed, trans·lit·er·at·ing.

to change (letters, words, etc.) into corresponding characters of another alphabet or language: to transliterate the Greek Χ as ch.

Origin of transliterate

1860–65; trans- + Latin līter(a) letter1 + -ate1

Related forms

trans·lit·er·a·tion, nountrans·lit·er·a·tor, noun

Can be confused

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Examples from the Web for transliteration

British Dictionary definitions for transliteration


/ (trænzˈlɪtəˌreɪt) /


(tr) to transcribe (a word, etc, in one alphabet) into corresponding letters of another alphabetthe Greek word λογοσ can be transliterated as ``logos''

Derived Forms

transliteration, nountransliterator, noun

Word Origin for transliterate

C19: trans- + -literate, from Latin līttera letter
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