pho·net·ic / fəˈnetik/ • adj. Phonet. of or relating to speech sounds: detailed phonetic information. ∎ (of a system of writing) having a direct correspondence between symbols and sounds: a phonetic alphabet. ∎ of or relating to phonetics: phonetic training.DERIVATIVES: pho·net·i·cal·ly / -ik(ə)lē/ adv.pho·net·i·cism / -ˈnetiˌsizəm/ n.pho·net·i·cist / -ˈnetisist/ n.
pho·net·ics / fəˈnetiks/ • pl. n. [treated as sing.] the study and classification of speech sounds.DERIVATIVES: pho·ne·ti·cian / ˌfōnəˈtishən/ n.
1. Relating to speech sounds and their production: phonetic elements, phonetic change.
2. Corresponding to or representing pronunciation in written or printed form: phonetic as opposed to ideographic writing, a phonetic alphabet, a phonetic transcription, phonetic spelling.
3. Relating to PHONETICS; phonetic training. See PHONIC.