There are 2 definitions of allophone in English:

allophone1

Line breaks: allo|phone
Pronunciation: /ˈaləfəʊn
 
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noun

Phonetics
Any of the various phonetic realizations of a phoneme in a language, which do not contribute to distinctions of meaning. For example, in English an aspirated p (as in pin) and unaspirated p (as in spin) are allophones of /p/, whereas in ancient Greek the distinction was phonemic.
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  • A phone is a realization in sound of a phoneme, and an allophone is one such realization among others: for example, English /n/ is normally alveolar, but is dental before the dental fricative in ‘tenth’.
  • The allophone occurs in onset position of stressed syllables whereas the unaspirated allophone [p] occurs after syllable-initial [s].

Origin

1930s: from allo- 'other, different' + phoneme.

Derivatives

allophonic

Pronunciation: /aləˈfɒnɪk/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Children were not penalized for allophonic / dialect variation in vowel production, nor for systematic articulation errors.
  • Most speakers are largely unaware of the extent of allophonic variation in their language.
  • When listening for allophonic variation, it is necessary to try and distance yourself from a language.

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Word of the day brannigan
Pronunciation: ˈbranɪg(ə)n
noun
a brawl or violent argument

There are 2 definitions of allophone in English:

allophone2

Line breaks: allo|phone
Pronunciation: /ˈaləfəʊn
 
/

noun

Canadian
(Especially in Quebec) an immigrant whose first language is neither French nor English.
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  • In a worried report, a Université de Montréal demographer suggests that so many francophones are moving there that by 2021 allophones and anglophones will combine to form the majority of Montreal's population.
  • In Quebec, the linguistic majority abuses the groups they call anglophones and allophones.
  • Anglophone, francophone and allophone, we are Canadians, first of all.

Origin

1970s: from allo-, on the pattern of francophone.

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Word of the day brannigan
Pronunciation: ˈbranɪg(ə)n
noun
a brawl or violent argument