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hangul

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Etymology

From Korean 한글 (hangeul), “Korean script” < Archaic Korean 한글 (hangeul) “great script”.

Noun

Singular
hangul

Plural
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hangul (-)
  1. The phonetic alphabet used to write the Korean language.

Usage notes

The spelling hangeul is from the Korean spelling in the 2000 South Korean Revised transcription. “Hangul” derives from the older McCune-Reischauer transcription “hangŭl” written without the diacritics: it is the more common English spelling. Within the English Wiktionary, “hangeul” is preferred.

Dictionary notes

  • MSN Encarta Dictionary lists only the spellings “Hangul” and “hangul”.
  • Merriam-Webster Online lists only the spelling “hangul” and notes that it is often capitalised.
  • Oxford English Dictionary lists the spellings “hangul” and “hankul”, and has examples with hangul, hangŭl, and Hangul.

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