from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A written character or combination of characters having two or more phonetic values, such as the letter a or i in English.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A written sign capable of being read in more than one way, or standing for two or more phonetic signs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A character or vocal sign representing more than one sound, as read, which is pronounced rēd or rĕd.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A letter, or combination of letters, that can be pronounced in two or more different ways

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a letter that has two or more pronunciations


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