Topic: LINGUISTICS

Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: phonème, from Greek phonema 'speech sound'

phoneme

noun
     
pho‧neme [countable] technical
SL the smallest unit of speech that can be used to make one word different from another word, such as the 'b' and the 'p' in 'big' and 'pig'
phonemic adjective
phonemically adverb

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