allophone1 /ˈaləfəʊn/


I. noun

[Phonetics] any of the various phonetic realizations of a phoneme in a language, which do not contribute to distinctions of meaning. For example, in English an aspirated p (as in pin) and unaspirated p (as in spin) are allophones of /p/, whereas in ancient Greek the distinction was phonemic.
II. derivatives


– origin 1930s: from allo- ‘other, different’ + phoneme.

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