• IPA: /ˈæl.fə.bɛt/
  • (uncommon) IPA: /ˈæl.fə.bɪt/

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 L be a regular language over the alphabet \Sigma.
  4. (India, Hong Kong, Singapore) An individual letter of an alphabet; an alphabetic character.
  5. The simplest rudiments; elements.
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alphabet (alphabets, present participle alphabeting; past and past participle alphabeted)

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

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