Definitions for phoneticfəˈnɛt ɪk, foʊ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pho•net•icfəˈnɛt ɪk, foʊ-(adj.)

  1. of or pertaining to speech sounds, their production, or their transcription in written symbols.

    Category: Language/Linguistics, Phonetics

  2. representing speech sounds:

    phonetic transcription.

    Category: Language/Linguistics, Phonetics

  3. agreeing with pronunciation:

    a phonetic spelling.

    Category: Language/Linguistics, Phonetics

  4. pertaining to or involving the discrimination of nondistinctive speech elements of a language:

    In English, the features of length and aspiration are phonetic rather than phonemic.

    Category: Phonetics

  5. (n.)(in Chinese writing) a written element that represents a sound and is used in combination with a radical to form a character.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of phonetic:

1820–30; < NL phōnēticus < Gk phōnētikós vocal =phōnēt(ós) to be spoken (v. adj. of phōneîn to speak) +-ikos -ic


Princeton's WordNet

  1. phonetic, phonic(adj)

    of or relating to speech sounds

    "phonetic transcription"

  2. phonetic(adj)

    of or relating to the scientific study of speech sounds

    "phonetic analysis"


  1. phonetic(Noun)

    In such logographic writing systems as the Chinese writing system, the portion of a character (if any) that provides an indication of its pronunciation; contrasted with radical.

  2. phonetic(Adjective)

    Relating to the sounds of spoken language.

  3. phonetic(Adjective)

    Relating to phones (as opposed to phonemes)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phonetic(adj)

    of or pertaining to the voice, or its use

  2. Phonetic(adj)

    representing sounds; as, phonetic characters; -- opposed to ideographic; as, a phonetic notation

Translations for phonetic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


relating to the sounds of (a) language

He's making a phonetic study of the speech of the deaf.

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