The definition of an alphabet is a system of letters of a language written or spoken in their proper order.noun
A, B, C and D are examples of letters of the alphabet.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: LL(Ec) alphabetum < LGr alphabētos < Gr alpha + bēta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet
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- 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 . . . that contain repeated sequences of the DNA alphabet” (Sandra Blakeslee).
Origin: Middle English alphabete, from Latin alphabētum, from Greek alphabētos : alpha, alpha; see Alpha + bēta, beta; see beta.
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