- The definition of an allophone is an alternative sound for a letter or group of letters in a word.
An example of an allophone is the short sound of the "a" in mat and the long sound of the "a" in mad.
allophone definition by Webster's New World
Linguis. any of the variant forms of a phoneme as conditioned by position or adjoining sounds: the relatively short (a) of mat and the relatively long (a) of mad are allophones
Origin: allo- plush phone
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- allophonic adjective
allophone definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Linguistics A predictable phonetic variant of a phoneme. For example, the aspirated t of top, the unaspirated t of stop, and the tt (pronounced as a flap) of batter are allophones of the English phoneme /t/.
- or Allophone Canadian A person whose native language is other than French or English.
Origin: allo- + phone(me).
- alˌlo·phonˈic adjective
- alˌlo·phonˈi·cal·ly adverb