Meaning of “alphabet” in the English Dictionary

"alphabet" in British English

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alphabetnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæl.fə.bet/ us /ˈæl.fə.bet/

B1 a set of letters arranged in a fixed order, used for writing a language:

the Roman/Cyrillic alphabet

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  • On the road signs, the Greek place names have been transliterated into the Latin alphabet.
  • Z comes after Y in the alphabet.
  • The ninth letter of the alphabet is I.
  • The letters had been placed in organized piles, one for each letter of the alphabet.
  • Transcribing the Ethiopian text into the English alphabet was their first task.

(Definition of “alphabet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"alphabet" in American English

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alphabetnoun [ C ]

us /ˈæl·fəˌbet, -bɪt/

writing a set of letters arranged in a fixed order that is used for writing a language:

the Cyrillic/Hebrew alphabet
alphabetical
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˌæl·fəˈbet̬·ɪ·kəl/
alphabetically
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˌæl·fəˈbet̬·ɪk·li/

Recipes are arranged alphabetically by type of food.

(Definition of “alphabet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)