Definition of syllabary in English:


Syllabification: syl·la·bar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈsiləˌberē

noun (plural syllabaries)

  • A set of written characters representing syllables and (in some languages or stages of writing) serving the purpose of an alphabet.
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    • The Japanese phonetic syllabaries (characters representing syllables) or the Roman alphabet is used to transcribe Ainu speech.
    • A clear-cut distinction cannot always be made between alphabets proper and syllabaries, sets of syllabic symbols as in the Japanese kana systems.
    • Linear-B was a syllabary - each character represented a complete syllable.


mid 19th century: from modern Latin syllabarium, from Latin syllaba (see syllable).

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