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 Origin early 19th cent.: from modern Latin phoneticus, from Greek phōnētikos, from phōnein ‘speak’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: phonetic