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April 11, 2009 - grapheme

grapheme (graf eem)
noun

Definitions:
1. A letter of an alphabet.
2. All of the letters and letter combinations that represent a phoneme, as f, ph, and gh for the phoneme /f/.

Origin:
1935–40; graph- (combining form from Greek graphē, "writing") + -eme (from French suffix -ème, as extracted from phonème, originally from Greek phōnēma, "sound")

Example:
Alphabet: most graphemes in this type of writing system convey a single sound, not an entire syllable. Alphabetic graphemes are called letters. --Linguistics 201: A Study Guide to the History of Writing
Tags: french, g, greek, noun
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