- 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.
phoneme definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French phonème ; from Classical Greek phōnēma, a sound ; from phōnein, to sound ; from phōnē, a voice: see phono-
phoneme definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French 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.
phoneme - Computer Definition
A speech utterance, such as "k," "ch," and "sh," that is used in synthetic speech systems to compose words for audio output. See formant information.
phoneme - Medical Definition