Other Word Forms of Alphabet
Origin of Alphabet
From Late Latin alphabētum, from Ancient Greek ἀλφάβητος (alphabētos), from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, ἄλφα (alpha) (Α,α) and βῆτα (bēta) (Β,β), from Phoenician aleph and beth (“house”), so called because they were pictograms of those objects.
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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