International Phonetic Alphabet
The International Phonetic Alphabet is defined as an alphabet used across the world where each symbol represents the sounds of spoken language.
An example of a part of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is the sound of a "p" which is shown in the IPA as "/p/."
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an alphabet (sense ) for international use, designed to represent each human speech sound by a single symbol
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noun Abbr. IPA
A phonetic alphabet and diacritic modifiers sponsored by the International Phonetic Association to provide a uniform and universally understood system for transcribing the speech sounds of all languages.
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