phonetic[fō net′ik, fə-]
- 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 phōnētikos ; from phōnētos, to be spoken ; from phōnein, to speak ; from phōnē, 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.
- Relating to the sounds of spoken language.
- (linguistics) Relating to phones (as opposed to phonemes)
- (linguistics) In such logographic writing systems as the Chinese writing system, the portion of a character (if any) that provides an indication of its pronunciation; contrasted with radical.