Borrowed from Latin phōnēticus, from Ancient Greek φωνητῐκός (phōnētikós). Surface analysis: phone + -tic.
- (UK) IPA(key): /fəˈnɛt.ɪk/
- (US) IPA(key): /fəˈnɛt.ɪk/, [fəˈnɛɾɪk]
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- Hyphenation: pho‧net‧ic
phonetic (not comparable)
- Relating to the sounds of spoken language.
- (linguistics) Relating to phones (as opposed to phonemes).
- (Should we move, merge or split(+) this sense?) Relating to the spoken rather than written form of a word or name, as opposed to orthographic.
relating to sounds of spoken language
linguistics: relating to phones
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phonetic (plural phonetics)
- (linguistics) In such writing systems as the Chinese writing system, the portion of a phono-semantic character that provides an indication of its pronunciation; contrasted with semantic (which is usually the radical).
- 1887–88, J. Edkins, “The character 眞 true”, in The China Review, volume 16, page 306:
- I suspect that 田 dien is the original character and true phonetic of the whole group.
- 1984, John DeFrancis, The Chinese Language: Fact and Fantasy:
- In the first case the character is pronounced identically, even as to tone, as the phonetic.
- 2013, William S-Y. Wang, Love and War in Ancient China: Voices from the Shijing, page 25:
- Or, the semantic may wrap around the phonetic, or position within the phonetic.