- minimal distinctive unit of sound
- meaningful unit of sound
Other Word Forms of Phoneme
Origin of Phoneme
French phonème from Greek phōnēma phōnēmat- utterance, sound produced from phōnein to produce a sound from phōnē sound, voice bhā-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Ancient Greek φώνημα (phōnÄ“ma), from φωνέω (phōneō), from φωνή (phōnÄ“).
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