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grapheme (n.)

1937, apparently coined by U.S. linguistics professor William Freeman Twaddell (1906-1982), from graph "letter, symbol" (see -graphy) + -eme "unit of language structure." Related: Graphemic.

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Definitions of grapheme

grapheme (n.)
a written symbol that is used to represent speech;
Synonyms: character / graph / graphic symbol
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