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Definition of phoneme noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

phoneme

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈfoʊnim//
 
(phonetics)
 
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any one of the set of smallest units of speech in a language that distinguish one word from another. In English, the/s/ in sip and the/z/ in zip represent two different phonemes.
NAmE//fəˈnimɪk//
 
adjective
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: phoneme