phonetic alphabet



  • A set of standardized words utilized to identify the letters of a given alphabet. For instance, a collection of easily identifiable words which help ensure that spelling during a voice communication is not misunderstood. In radiotelephony, for example, words such as delta, for D, and Kilo, for K, are used to distinguish letters.


  • noun an alphabet consisting of words such as Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, which is designed to avoid confusion between similar letters, when speaking on the radio