Definition of allophone noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    allophone

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈæləˌfoʊn//
     
    (phonetics)
     
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  1. 1a sound that is slightly different from another sound, although both sounds belong to the same phoneme and the difference does not affect meaning. For example, the/l/ at the beginning of little is different from the/l/ at the end.
  2. 2(Canadian English) a person who comes to live in Canada, especially Québec, from another country, whose first language is neither French nor English
allophoneadjective
 
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Within French-speaking Québec, anglophone, allophone, and Aboriginal minorities also exist.