Allophone Definition

ălə-fōn
noun
A predictable phonetic variant of a phoneme. For example, the aspirated t of top, the unaspirated t of stop, and the tt (pronounced as a flap) of batter are allophones of the English phoneme /t/.
American Heritage
Any of the variant forms of a phoneme as conditioned by position or adjoining sounds.
The relatively short (a) of mat and the relatively long (a) of mad are allophones.
Webster's New World
A person whose native language is other than French or English.
American Heritage
The definition of an allophone is an alternative sound for a letter or group of letters in a word.
An example of an allophone is the short sound of the "a" in mat and the long sound of the "a" in mad.
YourDictionary

(linguistics) Any of two or more alternative pronunciations for a phoneme.

Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Allophone

Noun

Singular:
allophone
Plural:
allophones

Origin of Allophone

  • allo– phone(me)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • allo- +‎ -phone

    From Wiktionary

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