Definition 2023


Latin alphabet



Latin alphabet (countable and uncountable, plural Latin alphabets)

  1. The 26-letter alphabet consisting of the following letters (presented in majuscule and minuscule pairs):
    A a, B b, C c, D d, E e, F f, G g, H h, I i, J j, K k, L l, M m, N n, O o, P p, Q q, R r, S s, T t, U u, V v, W w, X x, Y y, Z z
  2. Any relatively minor variation of the 26-letter Latin alphabet.

Usage notes

The Latin alphabet is used in variant forms by many languages, including Romance languages, Germanic, Celtic, some Slavic languages, Amerindian, Indigenous Australian, Austronesian, Vietnamese, Malay and Indonesian languages. The variant Latin alphabets of many of those languages discard letters from or add letters to the classical Latin alphabet.