Definition of phonaestheme in English:

phonaestheme

(also phonestheme)

noun

Linguistics
  • A phoneme or group of phonemes having recognizable semantic associations, as a result of appearing in a number of words of similar meaning.

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in John R. Firth (1890–1960), linguistic scholar. From phone + aesth- + -eme, after phonaesthetic and phoneme.

Pronunciation

phonaestheme

/ˌfɒnəsˈθiːm/