Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun (plural signaries)
The signs constituting the syllabic or alphabetic symbols of a language.
- For this the scribes devised a set of ideograms and phonetic symbols based on a signary of twenty-four characters, with which in theory there was nothing that could not be written.
- To demonstrate this, McManus divides consideration of the origin of the Ogam alphabet into two areas: its signary and its internal structure.
- The same signary was also used in the early historical period to write Greek; by the end of the third century B.C., Greek alphabetic writing had almost completely supplanted the native script.
Early 20th century: from Latin signum 'mark, token' + -ary1, on the pattern of syllabary.
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