Definition of phonetic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fəˈnetɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fəˈnetɪk//
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  1. 1using special symbols to represent each different speech sound the International Phonetic Alphabet a phonetic symbol/transcription
  2. 2(of a spelling or spelling system) that closely matches the sounds represented Spanish spelling is phonetic, unlike English spelling.
  3. 3connected with the sounds of human speech
  4. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from modern Latin phoneticus, from Greek phōnētikos, from phōnein ‘speak’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: phonetic