1. Of or pertaining to the voice, or its use.
2. Representing sounds; as, phonetic characters; opposed to ideographic; as, a phonetic notation. Phonetic spelling, spelling in phonetic characters, each representing one sound only; contrasted with romanic spelling, or that by the use of the roman alphabet.
Origin: Gr, fr. A sound, tone; akin to Gr. To speak: cf. F. Phonetique. See Ban a proclamation.