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signary

Line breaks: sig|nary
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪɡnəri
 
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Definition of signary in English:

noun (plural signaries)

The signs constituting the syllabic or alphabetic symbols of a language.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

early 20th century: from Latin signum 'mark, token' + -ary1, on the pattern of syllabary.

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