The definition of a phoneme is a sound in a language that has its own distinct sound.(noun)
An example of a phoneme is "c" in the word "car," since it has its own unique sound.
See phoneme in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr phonème < Gr phōnēma, a sound < phōnein, to sound < phōnē, a voice: see phono-
See phoneme in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: French phonème
Origin: , from Greek phōnēma, phōnēmat-, utterance, sound produced
Origin: , from phōnein, to produce a sound
Origin: , from phōnē, sound, voice; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
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