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Meaning of PHONEME

Pronunciation:  'fowneem

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  (linguistics) one of a small set of speech sounds that are distinguished by the speakers of a particular language

PHONEME is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: allophone, phone, sound, speech sound



 Definition: a class of sounds that differ slightly from one another but that may be substituted for one another without any change of meaning.
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