- The definition of an alphabet is a system of letters of a language written or spoken in their proper order.
A, B, C and D are examples of letters of the alphabet.
Alphabet letters for children.
- the letters of a language, arranged in a traditional order
- a system of characters, signs, or symbols used to indicate letters or speech sounds
- the first elements or principles, as of a branch of knowledge
Origin of alphabetEcclesiastical Late Latin alphabetum ; from Late Greek alphabētos ; from Classical Greek alpha + bēta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet
- The letters of a language, arranged in the order fixed by custom.
- A system of characters or symbols representing sounds or things.
- A set of basic parts or elements: “genetic markers &ellipsis; that contain repeated sequences of the DNA alphabet” (Sandra Blakeslee).
Origin of alphabetMiddle English alphabete, from Latin alphabētum, from Greek alphabētos : alpha, alpha; see Alpha + bēta, beta; see beta.
- 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.
- 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.)
- (computer science) A typically finite set of distinguishable symbols.
- Let be a regular language over the alphabet .
- (India) An individual letter of an alphabet; an alphabetic character.
- The simplest rudiments; elements.
(third-person singular simple present alphabets, present participle alphabeting, simple past and past participle alphabeted)