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Webster 1913 Edition


Alphabet

Al′pha-bet

,
Noun.
[L.
alphabetum
, fr. Gr. [GREEK] + [GREEK], the first two Greek letters; Heb.
āleph
and
beth
: cf. F.
alphabet
.]
1.
The letters of a language arranged in the customary order; the series of letters or signs which form the elements of written language.
2.
The simplest rudiments; elements.
The very
alphabet
of our law.
Macaulay.
Deaf and dumb alphabet
.

Al′pha-bet

,
Verb.
T.
To designate by the letters of the alphabet; to arrange alphabetically.
[R.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Alphabet

AL'PHABET

,
Noun.
[Gr.]
The letters of a language arranged in the customary order; the series of letters which form the elements of speech.

AL'PHABET

,
Verb.
T.
To arrange in the order of an alphabet; to form an alphabet in a book, or designate the leaves by the letters of the alphabet.

Definition 2022


Alphabet

Alphabet

See also: alphabet

German

Alternative forms

  • Alfabet (rare)
  • Alphabeth (obsolete)

Noun

Alphabet n (genitive Alphabets or Alphabetes, plural Alphabete)

  1. alphabet (the set of letters used when writing in a language)

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Luxembourgish

Noun

Alphabet n (plural Alphabeten)

  1. alphabet

Related terms

  • alphabetesch
  • Alphabetisatioun

alphabet

alphabet

See also: Alphabet

English

Noun

alphabet (plural alphabets)

  1. The set of letters used when writing in a language.
    The Greek alphabet has only twenty-four letters.
    In the first year of school, pupils are taught to recite the alphabet.
  2. A writing system in which letters represent phonemes. (Contrast e.g. logography, a writing system in which each character represents a word, and syllabary, in which each character represents a syllable.)
    1. A writing system in which there are letters for the consonant and vowel phonemes. (Contrast e.g. abjad.)
  3. (computer science) A typically finite set of distinguishable symbols.
    Let be a regular language over the alphabet .
  4. (India, Hong Kong, Singapore) An individual letter of an alphabet; an alphabetic character.
    • 2002, Eugene E. Dike, African myth of creation in African form of writing, Monsenstein und Vannerdat, ISBN 3936600406, page 30:
      We realize the fact that the alphabet A has been used in many world scripts as a vowel with the others AEIOU.
    • 2005, Satinder Bal Gupta, Comprehensive Discrete Mathematics & Structures, Laxmi Publications, page 237:
      There are 26 alphabets in English.
  5. The simplest rudiments; elements.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Macaulay, (Please provide the title of the work):
      The very alphabet of our law.

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Verb

alphabet (third-person singular simple present alphabets, present participle alphabeting, simple past and past participle alphabeted)

  1. To designate by the letters of the alphabet; to arrange alphabetically.

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French

Etymology

From Late Latin alphabētum, from Ancient Greek ἀλφάβητος (alphábētos), from ἄλφα (álpha) (Α,α) and βῆτα (bêta) (Β,β) (the first two letters of the Greek alphabet), from Phoenician aleph 𐤀 (ox) and beth 𐤁 (house), from Egyptian [script needed] (ox's head) so called because they were pictograms of those objects.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /al.fa.bɛ/
  • Rhymes:
  • Homophone: alphabets

Noun

alphabet m (plural alphabets)

  1. alphabet (set of letters considered as a group)

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Middle French

Etymology

From Late Latin alphabētum, from Ancient Greek ἀλφάβητος (alphábētos), from ἄλφα (álpha) (Α,α) and βῆτα (bêta) (Β,β) (the first two letters of the Greek alphabet), from Phoenician aleph 𐤀 (ox) and beth 𐤁 (house), from Egyptian [script needed] (ox's head) so called because they were pictograms of those objects.

Noun

alphabet m (plural alphabets)

  1. alphabet (set of letters considered as a group)