Part of speech: noun

The letters that form the elements of written language, in order as fixed by usage; the simplest elements of rudiments of anything.

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Usage examples "alphabet":

  1. Like the Egyptians and the Babylonians, they were a literary people; their inscriptions are still scattered thickly among the ruins of their towns, written in the letters of the alphabet which is usually termed Phoenician. - "Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations", Archibald Sayce.
  2. 11. Little People: An Alphabet. - "Plain Jane", G. M. George.
  3. " Watch him," said an old hunter, " he has commenced with A, and he will kiss the whole alphabet through!" - "The Ice-Maiden: and Other Tales.", Hans Christian Andersen.