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Etymology

From Ancient Greek φώνημα (phṓnēma, “sound”),

from φωνέω (phōnéō, “to sound”),

from φωνή (phōnḗ, “sound”).


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phoneme (n.)

"distinctive sound or group of sounds," 1889

from French phonème,

from Greek phonema "a sound made, voice,"

from phonein "to sound or speak,"

from phone "sound, voice,"

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phoneme noun

[ Dehskripshuhn Uhv } phoneme

any of the abstract units of the phonetic system of a language that correspond to a set of similar speech sounds (such as the velar \k\ of cool and the palatal \k\ of keel) which are perceived to be a single distinctive sound in the language