Definition of phonetist in English:



  • 1A person engaged or skilled in phonetics; a phonetician.

    • ‘It is well to use moderation, and to remember that to be a first-class phonetist requires an exceedingly fine ear, which cannot be expected of most students.’
    • ‘It may be mentioned also that the phonetist recognizes phenomena closely parallel to these in the structure of the syllable.’
    1. 1.1An advocate of phonetic spelling.
      • ‘Another issue contained a reprint from the New York Times, written by the American phonetist, Alexander Melville Bell.’
      • ‘The veteran phonetist, Alexander Melville Bell, has accepted the presidency of the newly formed section.’