Meaning of “alphabetical” in the English Dictionary

"alphabetical" in British English

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uk /ˌæl.fəˈbet.ɪ.kəl/ us /ˌæl.fəˈbet̬.ɪ.kəl/ also alphabetic, uk /ˌæl.fəˈbet.ɪk/ us

B2 arranged in the same order as the letters of the alphabet:

an alphabetical list
The names are published in alphabetical order.

More examples

  • His books are neatly arranged in alphabetical order.
  • Put the files in alphabetical order.
  • There doesn't seem to be any system to the books on these shelves - they're certainly not in alphabetical order.
  • The children were made to sit in alphabetical order according to their surname.
  • Scroll through this alphabetical listing to find the article you want.
adverb uk /ˌæl.fəˈbet.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˌæl.fəˈbet̬.ɪ.kəl.i/

I've arranged the pictures of the animals alphabetically from aardvark to zebra.

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