Definition of allograph in English:


Syllabification: al·lo·graph
Pronunciation: /ˈaləˌgraf


  • 1Each of two or more alternative forms of a letter of an alphabet or other grapheme. The capital, lowercase, italic, and various handwritten forms of the letter A are allographs.
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    • Sign names and values with modifiers and/or allographs following them should not be be treated as compounds.
    • Yet there is another level of meaning that changes with each allograph, an esthetic meaning that we cannot avoid.
    • This paper presents an original method for creating allograph models and recognizing them within cursive handwriting.
  • 1.1 Phonetics Each of two or more letters or letter combinations representing a single phoneme in different words. Allographs of the phoneme /f/ include the (f) of “fake” and the (ph) of “phase.”.
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    • In addition, because a letter may appear in allographs which encode respectively different phonemes, the user is taught alternative sounds that the selected letter may represent.


1950s: from allo- 'other, different' + grapheme.

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