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n. pl. syl·la·bar·ies
1. A list of syllables.
2. A set of written characters for a language, each character representing a syllable.

[New Latin syllabārium, from Latin syllaba, syllable; see syllable.]


(ˈsɪləbərɪ) or


n, pl -baries or -baria
1. (Linguistics) a table or list of syllables
2. (Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) a set of symbols used in certain writing systems, such as one used for Japanese, in which each symbol represents a spoken syllable
[C16: from New Latin syllabārium, from Latin syllaba syllable]


(ˈsɪl əˌbɛr i)

n., pl. -bar•ies.
a set of written symbols, each of which represents a syllable.
[1580–90; < New Latin syllabārium]


1. a table of syllables, as might be used for teaching a language.
2. a system of characters or symbols representing syllables instead of individual sounds. Also syllabarium.
See also: Writing
1. a table of syllables, as might be used for teaching a language.
2. a system of characters or symbols representing syllables instead of individual sounds. Also syllabarium.
See also: Language


 a collection or list of syllables.


A set of symbols used for representing syllables, for example in Japanese writing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.syllabary - a writing system whose characters represent syllablessyllabary - a writing system whose characters represent syllables
script - a particular orthography or writing system
Devanagari, Devanagari script, Nagari, Nagari script - a syllabic script used in writing Sanskrit and Hindi


nSyllabar nt, → Silbentabelle f
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