What does phonestheme mean?

Definitions for phonestheme

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


  1. phonestheme(Noun)

    A sound that, because it appears in a number of words of similar meaning, has a recognizable semantic association.


  1. Phonestheme

    The term phonestheme was coined in 1930 by British linguist J. R. Firth to label the systematic pairing of form and meaning in a language. A phonestheme is different from a morpheme because it does not meet the normal criterion of compositionality. Within Peirce's "theory of signs" the phonestheme is considered to be an "icon" rather than a "symbol" or an "index".

How to pronounce phonestheme?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say phonestheme in sign language?

  1. phonestheme


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of phonestheme in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of phonestheme in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Images & Illustrations of phonestheme

  1. phonestheme

Translations for phonestheme

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for phonestheme »


Find a translation for the phonestheme definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these phonestheme definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"phonestheme." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 15 Aug. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/phonestheme>.

Are we missing a good definition for phonestheme? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for phonestheme:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.