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 (ôr-thō′ə-pē, ôr′thō-ĕp′ē)
a. The study of the pronunciation of words.
b. The study of the relationship between the pronunciation of words and their orthography.
2. The customary pronunciation of words.

[Greek orthoepeia, correctness of diction : ortho-, ortho- + epos, epe-, word; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

or′tho·ep′ic (-ĕp′ĭk), or′tho·ep′i·cal (-ĕp′ĭ-kəl) adj.


(Phonetics & Phonology) the study of correct or standard pronunciation
[C17: from Greek orthoepeia, from ortho- straight + epos word]
orthoepic adj
ˌorthoˈepically adv


(ɔrˈθoʊ ə pi, ˈɔr θoʊˌɛp i)

the study of correct pronunciation.
[1660–70; < Greek orthoépeia correctness of diction]
or`tho•ep′ic, or`tho•ep′i•cal, adj.
or•tho′e•pist, n.


the study of correct pronunciation. — orthoepist, n. — orthoepic, orthoepical, orthoepistic, adj.
See also: Pronunciation
the study of correct pronunciation. — orthoepist, n. — orthoepic, orthoepical, orthoepistic, adj.
See also: Linguistics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.orthoepy - the way a word or a language is customarily spoken; "the pronunciation of Chinese is difficult for foreigners"; "that is the correct pronunciation"
Received Pronunciation - the approved pronunciation of British English; originally based on the King's English as spoken at public schools and at Oxford and Cambridge Universities (and widely accepted elsewhere in Britain); until recently it was the pronunciation of English used in British broadcasting
speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication, oral communication, speech, language - (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
2.orthoepy - a term formerly used for the part of phonology that dealt with the `correct' pronunciation of words and its relation to `correct' orthography
phonemics, phonology - the study of the sound system of a given language and the analysis and classification of its phonemes
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