What is the origin of the word alphabet?

  • The word alphabet derives from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha and beta
  • The English word alphabet came into Middle English from the Late Latin word alphabetum
  • Alphabetum derived from the Greek ἀλφάβητος (alphabētos). 

Alpha and beta ultimately trace back to the first two letters  of the Phoenician alphabet. These originally meant ox and house  Source

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