Definition of allophone noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈæləfəʊn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæləfoʊn//
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  1. 1 (phonetics) a 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. See related entries: Phonetics
  2. 2(Canadian English) a person who comes to live in Canada, especially Quebec, from another country, whose first language is neither French nor English
  3. Word Origin1930s: from allo- ‘other, different’ + phoneme.

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