phoneme

(noun) The smallest meaningful speech sound in a language.

Example: The /k/ sound in cat or key.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: phonemes
  • Compared and contrasted with morpheme.
  • Linguistics (adverb) phonemically study (adjective) phonemic or (adjective) phonematic parts of words.

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