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Definition of Phoneme

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

Example of Phoneme

  • The /k/ sound in cat or key.

Phoneme Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈfoʊˌnim/
    • British English
      • /ˈfəʊniːm/
  • Syllabification: (pho·neme)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: phonemes
  • Phoneme is compared and contrasted to morpheme.
  • Linguists (adverb) phonemically study (adjective) phonemic or (adjective) phonematic parts of words.

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Cite the Definition of Phoneme

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “phoneme.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/phoneme/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

phoneme. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/phoneme/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “phoneme.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/phoneme/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“phoneme.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/phoneme/>.