An "alphabet" is the complete
collection of written characters of a language, presented in a regular order.
The term is a compound word formed by a combination of the first two letters
of the Greek alphabet, "alpha" and "beta." These are the first two letters
in the alphabets of many languages that have been influenced by Greek or Latin.
Most alphabets have about 25 sounds for which distinct written characters
are provided. English has 26 letters; Greek has 24.
The chart below shows
the Greek alphabet in capitals and lower case. For the corresponding English
letters, see the chart on the transliteration