Definition of transliterate in English:

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Pronunciation: /transˈlɪtəˌreɪt/
/trɑːnsˈlɪtəˌreɪt/ /tranzˈlɪtəˌreɪt/ /trɑːnzˈlɪtəˌreɪt/


[with object]
Write or print (a letter or word) using the closest corresponding letters of a different alphabet or language: names from one language are often transliterated into another
More example sentences
  • In the others, the Japanese words are simply transliterated into English characters, which is still incomprehensible to the average viewer.
  • The Arabic can be transliterated into the Roman alphabet like this.
  • Give us a list of all of Sofia's street signs written in Bulgarian and we will transliterate them into the Latin alphabet.



Pronunciation: /transˌlɪtəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/ /tranzˌlɪtəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • That's the transliteration of the Cyrillic text, by the way.
  • Editor's note: the transliteration provided by the author is in accordance with the Michigan-Claremont Encoding System for ASCII
  • In the beginning there are notes on Thai transliteration, always a problem to the outsider and to the Thais.


Example sentences
  • Fast transliterators require you to download and install a free font to view the page.
  • Join other transliterators to network, work on skills and discuss ethical situations we face while performing our jobs.
  • Those who pay by the minute for their internet service could save either or both of these transliterators and their associated files into a disk library, and recall the programs when offline.


Mid 19th century: from trans- 'across' + Latin littera 'letter' + -ate3.

Words that rhyme with transliterate

alliterate, iterate, obliterate

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: trans|lit¦er|ate

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