from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The study of speech sounds in language or a language with reference to their distribution and patterning and to tacit rules governing pronunciation.
- n. The sound system of a language: the phonology of English.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The study of the way sounds function in languages, including phonemes, syllable structure, stress, accent, intonation, and which sounds are distinctive units within a language.
- n. The way sounds function within a given language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The science or doctrine of the elementary sounds uttered by the human voice in speech, including the various distinctions, modifications, and combinations of tones; phonetics. Also, a treatise on sounds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science or doctrine of the sounds uttered by the human voice, or used in a particular language; phonetics.
- n. That part of grammar which treats of pronunciation. Compare orthoëpy.
- n. The system of sounds and of their combinations in a language.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the study of the sound system of a given language and the analysis and classification of its phonemes
From phono- + -logy. (Wiktionary)