from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The art or process of representing sounds by phonetic signs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act, art, or process of representing sounds by phonetic signs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or art of representing sound by phonetic signs.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
#25 – I would surprised if that is not still a coarse Western phonetization, (though closer than “Peking”) but I have to defer to any native Mandarin speaker on that one.