Al"pha*bet (#), n. [L. alphabetum, fr. Gr. αλφα + βητα, the first two Greek letters; Heb. aleph and beth: cf. F. alphabet.]


The letters of a language arranged in the customary order; the series of letters or signs which form the elements of written language.


The simplest rudiments; elements.

The very alphabet of our law. Macaulay.

Deaf and dumb alphabet. See Dactylology.


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Al"pha*bet, v. t.

To designate by the letters of the alphabet; to arrange alphabetically.



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