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English definition of “IPA”


noun [S]     /ˌaɪ.piːˈeɪ/
abbreviation for the International Phonetic Alphabet: a system of symbols for showing how words are pronouncedPhonology and phoneticsLettering and alphabetsLetters of alphabets
(Definition of IPA noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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