What does alphabet mean?

Definitions for alphabet
ˈæl fəˌbɛt, -bɪtal·pha·bet

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alphabet(noun)

    a character set that includes letters and is used to write a language

  2. rudiment, first rudiment, first principle, alphabet, ABC, ABC's, ABCs(noun)

    the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)

    "he mastered only the rudiments of geometry"

Wiktionary

  1. alphabet(Noun)

    The set of letters used when writing in a language.

  2. alphabet(Noun)

    A typically finite set of distinguishable symbols.

    Let uE0001740uE001 be a regular language over the alphabet uE0001741uE001.

  3. alphabet(Noun)

    One particular letter used in writing a language.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alphabet(noun)

    the letters of a language arranged in the customary order; the series of letters or signs which form the elements of written language

    Etymology: [L. alphabetum, fr. Gr. + , the first two Greek letters; Heb. leph and beth: cf. F. alphabet.]

  2. Alphabet(noun)

    the simplest rudiments; elements

    Etymology: [L. alphabetum, fr. Gr. + , the first two Greek letters; Heb. leph and beth: cf. F. alphabet.]

  3. Alphabet(verb)

    to designate by the letters of the alphabet; to arrange alphabetically

    Etymology: [L. alphabetum, fr. Gr. + , the first two Greek letters; Heb. leph and beth: cf. F. alphabet.]

Freebase

  1. Alphabet

    An alphabet is a standard set of letters which is used to write one or more languages based on the general principle that the letters represent phonemes of the spoken language. This is in contrast to other types of writing systems, such as syllabaries and logographies. A true alphabet has letters for the vowels of a language as well as the consonants. The first "true alphabet" in this sense is believed to be the Greek alphabet, which is a modified form of the Phoenician alphabet. In other types of alphabet either the vowels are not indicated at all, as was the case in the Phoenician alphabet, or else the vowels are shown by diacritics or modification of consonants, as in the devanagari used in India and Nepal. There are dozens of alphabets in use today, the most popular being the Latin alphabet. Many languages use modified forms of the Latin alphabet, with additional letters formed using diacritical marks. While most alphabets have letters composed of lines, there are also exceptions such as the alphabets used in Braille, fingerspelling, and Morse code.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alphabet

    al′fa-bet, n. the letters of a language arranged in the usual order.—n. Alphabetā′rian, one learning his alphabet, a beginner: a student of alphabets.—adjs. Alphabet′ic, -al, relating to or in the order of an alphabet.—adv. Alphabet′ically.—v.t. Al′phabetise, to arrange alphabetically:—pr.p. al′phabetīsing; pa.p. al′phabetīsed. [Gr. alpha, beta, the first two Greek letters.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. ALPHABET

    A toy for the children found in books, blocks, pictures and vermicelli soup. Contains 26 letters and only three syllables.

Editors Contribution

  1. alphabet

    A system of letters, symbols and characters to communicate or express a language.

    The Alphabet varies according to what language.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020  

How to pronounce alphabet?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say alphabet in sign language?

  1. alphabet

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alphabet in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alphabet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of alphabet in a Sentence

  1. Akif Hamzacebi:

    Erdogan actually wants to revive the Arabic alphabet in Turkey.

  2. Ludwig van Beethoven:

    I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.”

  3. Dejan Stojanovic:

    There is another alphabet, whispering from every leaf, singing from every river, shimmering from every sky.

  4. Tom Roseen:

    Despite the S&P 500 setting three record closes during the fund-flows week, investors remained on the equity sidelines after learning about disappointing Q1 revenue growth from stalwart Alphabet, there was a split once again between mom-and-pop investors and authorized participants. Equity mutual funds witnessed outflows of $5.5 billion, while equity ETFs took in $3.7 billion during the fund flows week.

  5. Frederic Goudy:

    Of all the achievements of the human mind, the birth of the alphabet is the most momentous.

Images & Illustrations of alphabet

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