- a wordbook or dictionary, especially of Greek, Latin, or Hebrew.
- the vocabulary of a particular language, field, social class, person, etc.
- inventory or record: unparalleled in the lexicon of human relations.
- the total inventory of morphemes in a given language.
- the inventory of base morphemes plus their combinations with derivational morphemes.
Origin of lexicon
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Examples from the Web for lexicon
Alongside YOLO, “same damn time” is one of the most memorable recent additions to the lexicon.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists
December 15, 2014
Twenty years after the phrase entered the American lexicon, “Soccer Mom” retains its power as hurtful speech.Up To a Point: Oops, I Enjoyed Soccer
P. J. O’Rourke
July 13, 2014
This week I also gave a lot of thought to many of the sayings in our lexicon that need updating.Some 4 a.m. Brainstorming on How to Make Obama Tougher Than Putin
May 23, 2014
The phrase became part of the lexicon and the media became like an echo chamber.Breaking: Trend Stories Are Bullsh*t
April 8, 2014
If only these people realized how many other Arabic-based words are part of our daily lexicon.Texans Attack ‘Muslim Weather’
March 17, 2014
This is a new word which was not in the lexicon of woman in past generations.
Burns will soon be read by lexicon, even in the shire of Ayr.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Daniel Turner Holmes
It is the commonest word in the lexicon, yet it always reads as a hapax legomenon.In a Little Town
The 1,000-word lexicon can handle the vast majority of emergencies.The Civilization of Illiteracy
Certainly, it needs a definition, and should be incorporated into the Lexicon.Moby Dick; or The Whale
- a dictionary, esp one of an ancient language such as Greek or Hebrew
- a list of terms relating to a particular subject
- the vocabulary of a language or of an individual
- linguistics the set of all the morphemes of a language
Word Origin and History for lexicon
c.1600, "a dictionary," from Middle French lexicon or directly from Modern Latin lexicon, from Greek lexikon (biblion) "word (book)," from neuter of lexikos "pertaining to words," from lexis "word," from legein "say" (see lecture (n.)).
Used originally of dictionaries of Greek, Syriac, Hebrew and Arabic, because these typically were in Latin and in Modern Latin lexicon, not dictionarius, was the preferred word. The modern sense of "vocabulary proper to some sphere of activity" (1640s) is a figurative extension.