The definition of a phoneme is a sound in a language that has its own distinct sound.
An example of a phoneme is "c" in the word "car," since it has its own unique sound.
Linguis. a set of phonetically similar but slightly differing sounds in a language that are heard as the same sound by native speakers and are represented in phonemic transcription by the same symbol: in English, the phoneme /p/ includes the phonetically differentiated sounds represented by p in “pin,” “spin,” and “tip”
Origin of phonemeFrench phonème from Classical Greek ph?n?ma, a sound from ph?nein, to sound from ph?n?, a voice: see phono-
The smallest phonetic unit in a language that is capable of conveying a distinction in meaning, as the m of mat and the b of bat in English.
Origin of phonemeFrench phonème from Greek phōnēma phōnēmat- utterance, sound produced from phōnein to produce a sound from phōnē sound, voice ; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Ancient Greek Ï†ÏŽÎ½Î·Î¼Î± (phÅnÄ“ma), from Ï†Ï‰Î½ÎÏ‰ (phÅneÅ), from Ï†Ï‰Î½Î® (phÅnÄ“).