Definition of digraph in English:

Share this entry

digraph

Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪɡrɑːf/

noun

1A combination of two letters representing one sound, as in ph and ey.
Example sentences
  • J does not normally feature in words of Old English origin, the digraph dg representing the sound medially and finally (cudgel, bridge), but some j words (ajar, jowl) may be of Germanic origin.
  • Almost all of the novice teachers spent time working on lax or short vowel sounds, tense or long vowel sounds, and consonant digraphs; on the closed syllable type; and on decoding words with a variety of closed syllable patterns.
  • That at least explains the surface resemblance of the two words, differing only by digraphs (ch- and qu-) representing single consonants.
1.1 Printing A character consisting of two joined letters; a ligature.
Example sentences
  • The ligature digraph æ in ‘Ælfric’, ‘Cæsar’, ‘encyclopædia’ was originally used in Latin and adopted by Old English for the vowel in hat (hæt), often referred to as ASH.

Derivatives

digraphic

Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈɡrafɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • I've analysed the data and figure it is a digraphic encryption of some sort.
  • This cipher uses a keyed array of letters to make a digraphic cipher which is easy to use in the field.
  • These three stages are identical with the principles for the development of digraphic systems.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: di|graph

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.