[graf-eem] /ˈgræf im/

noun, Linguistics.
a minimal unit of a writing system.
a unit of a writing system consisting of all the written symbols or sequences of written symbols that are used to represent a single phoneme.
(linguistics) one of a set of orthographic symbols (letters or combinations of letters) in a given language that serve to distinguish one word from another and usually correspond to or represent phonemes, e.g. the f in fun, the ph in phantom, and the gh in laugh

1937, American English, from graph “letter, symbol” (see -graphy) + -eme “unit of language structure.”


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