The definition of phonetic is things that are related to pronunciation.
An example of phonetic is the word "dad" being spelled the way it sounds.
- of speech sounds or the production or transcription of these
- of phonetics
- conforming to pronunciation: phonetic spelling
- of or involving the relatively small differences between related speech sounds, which can be perceived but do not change meaning: the differences between the sounds represented by p in “tip” and “pit” are phonetic, since substituting one for the other would not change the meanings of the two words
Origin of phoneticModern Latin phoneticus from Classical Greek ph?n?tikos from ph?n?tos, to be spoken from ph?nein, to speak from ph?n?, a sound: see phono-
- Of or relating to phonetics.
- Representing the sounds of speech with a set of distinct symbols, each designating a single sound: phonetic spelling.
- Of, relating to, or being features of pronunciation that are not phonemically distinctive in a language, as aspiration of consonants or vowel length in English.
Origin of phoneticNew Latin phōnēticus representing speech sounds from Greek phōnētikos vocal from phōnētos to be spoken from phōnein to produce a sound from phōnē sound, voice ; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.