Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The phonetic alphabet used to write the Korean language.

Etymologies

From Korean 한글 (hangeul, "Korean script"), from Archaic Korean 한글 (hangeul, "great script"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Koreans used Chinese characters millennia ago, and today they still use some characters Hanja along with a phonetic alphabet called Hangeul, invented in the fifteenth century.

    ASIAN BUSINESS CUSTOMS & MANNERS

  • The Koreans use theirs, called Hangeul, almost exclusively for written communication.

    AMPONTAN

  • To entice the Cia-cia to use Hangeul, Seoul National University linguists offered to produce a version of the script, adapted to the sounds of Cia-cia, and provide textbooks and courses in using the new alphabet.

    The Hangeul Push

  • At left, the cover of the new Cia-Cia textbook prepared by the Korean team and an inside page showing letters of the new, Hangeul-based Cia-Cia alphabet.

    The Hangeul Push

  • Tom Wright/The Wall Street Journal Koreans are extremely proud of Hangeul, invented by a Korean king in the 1400s.

    The Hangeul Push

  • Tom Wright/The Wall Street Journal In an elementary school on a remote Indonesian island, a teacher named Abidin recently began to show students how to write their endangered native language Cia-cia with the Korean alphabet, known as Hangeul.

    The Hangeul Push

  • But such efforts haven't sparked a broad adoption of Hangeul.

    To Save Its Dying Tongue, Indonesian Isle Orders Out for Korean

  • The Hangeul push on Buton has roots in the work of Lee Hyun-bok, a distinguished linguist now retired from his post at Seoul National University, who has created an international phonetic alphabet based on Hangeul.

    To Save Its Dying Tongue, Indonesian Isle Orders Out for Korean

  • Hangeul -- which has similar symbols for related sounds and letters that mimic the shape of the mouth when they are spoken -- "was created all at once as a complete system," Mr. Lee said.

    To Save Its Dying Tongue, Indonesian Isle Orders Out for Korean

  • One of South Korea's leading phonetics experts in the late 1990s devised a Hangeul-based alphabet for Lahu, spoken by an ethnic group that lives in southern China and Southeast Asia.

    To Save Its Dying Tongue, Indonesian Isle Orders Out for Korean

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.