Grapheme meaning

grăfēm
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A letter of an alphabet.
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All of the letters and letter combinations that represent a phoneme, as f, ph, and gh for the phoneme /f/.
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(linguis.) A class consisting of all the allographs representing a given unit of a writing system, or all those representing a given phoneme.
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(1) See also graphene.
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A fundamental unit of a writing system, corresponding to (for example) letters in the English alphabet or jamo in Korean Hangeul.
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In alphabetic writing, the shortest group of letters composing a phoneme.
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Origin of grapheme

  • graph –eme

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

  • From Ancient Greek γράφω (graphō, “write”) + -eme.

    From Wiktionary