Phonetic meaning

fə-nĕtĭk
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.

adjective
10
3
Representing the sounds of speech with a set of distinct symbols, each designating a single sound.

Phonetic spelling.

adjective
5
2
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.

adjective
4
0
Of phonetics.
adjective
3
2
(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.
noun
1
0
Advertisement
Of or relating to phonetics.
adjective
1
1
Of speech sounds or the production or transcription of these.
adjective
1
1
Conforming to pronunciation.

Phonetic spelling.

adjective
1
1
(linguistics) Relating to phones (as opposed to phonemes)
adjective
1
1
Relating to the sounds of spoken language.
adjective
0
0
Advertisement
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.
adjective
0
1

Origin of phonetic

  • New Latin phōnēticus representing speech sounds from Greek phōnētikos vocal from phōnētos to be spoken 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