Meaning of allograph in English:


Pronunciation /ˈaləɡrɑːf/


  • 1Linguistics
    Each of two or more alternative forms of a letter of an alphabet or other grapheme, for example the capital, lower case, italic, and various handwritten forms of a letter.

    ‘Sign names and values with modifiers and/or allographs following them should not be be treated as compounds.’
    • ‘Yet there is another level of meaning that changes with each allograph, an esthetic meaning that we cannot avoid.’
    • ‘This paper presents an original method for creating allograph models and recognizing them within cursive handwriting.’
    • ‘In Old English, the characters we call eth and thorn are not graphemically distinct: they are allographs which vary freely.’
    • ‘Often only some of the codes of an allograph to be recognized correspond to a sequence of codes from the dictionary, and the allograph is not recognized with certainty.’
    1. 1.1Phonetics Each of two or more letters or letter combinations representing a single phoneme in different words. Allographs of the phoneme /f/ include the f of fake and the ph of phase.
      • ‘In addition, because a letter may appear in allographs which encode respectively different phonemes, the user is taught alternative sounds that the selected letter may represent.’


1950s from allo-‘other, different’ + grapheme.