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Definition of "phonetics" [pho•net•ics]

  • The branch of linguistics that deals with the sounds of speech and their production, combination, description, and representation by written symbols. (noun)
  • The system of sounds of a particular language. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "phonetics" in a sentence
  • "Besides, the overseas materials incorporating no pronunciation tips and lessons attract our teachers and others concerned because very many of them do not have any formal and adequate training in English phonetics and phonology as well as EFL pronunciation teaching."
  • "Taking a class in phonetics (not phonics) is a great help in learning Spanish, or any other language."
  • "The things people love about phonetics is that it’s traditions, structured, and authoritarian. roublen Says:"