Definition of alphabetism in US English:



  • 1Representation of spoken sounds by means of letters.

  • 2Originally US. Prejudice or discrimination resulting from a person's position on a (notional) alphabetical list; specifically discrimination against people whose names begin with letters from the latter part of the alphabet.


Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From alphabet + -ism, in sense 2 after French alphabétisme.