What does alphabet mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word alphabet.

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. Jessica Cantlon:

    We looked at which areas of the brain respond more strongly to mathematics content in the videos and tasks, compared to non-math content like reading or the alphabet. So you can define the math network that way by looking at regions that respond more strongly.

  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. Goldman Sachs analyst Heather Bellini:

    Thank you so much for the enhanced disclosure, i think this is the best Google Cloud call — or Alphabet call — that I've been on since I covered the company.

  5. Mark Twain, "A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling":

    For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "gj" anomali wonse and for all. Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli. Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

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