Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 15th century
The practice of writing words with the correct spelling, according to standard usage
A method of using symbols to represent the sounds of a language
Examples of Orthography in a sentence
"She thought learning orthography was harder than learning how to speak French."
"There’s more to writing a book than correct orthography and proper grammar."
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The definitions of orthography given here concern spelling and the alphabet. There’s another definition: any study concerned with letters and spelling. So today, and every day you learn a Word of the Day, you’re studying orthography.
Did you Know?
If you’re reading this, you’re familiar with English orthography. There are 26 letters in the alphabet, but orthography includes how these letters are arranged to spell words, along with punctuation, capitalization, and accent marks. Every language has its own unique orthography.