clitic

[klit-ik]Grammar
adjective
  1. (of a word) functioning as a bound form; closely connected in pronunciation with a preceding or following word and not having an independent accent or phonological status.
noun
  1. a clitic word; enclitic or proclitic.

Origin of clitic

1945–50; extracted from enclitic and proclitic
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British Dictionary definitions for clitic

clitic

adjective
  1. (of a word) incapable of being stressed, usually pronounced as if part of the word that follows or precedes it: for example, in French, me, te, and le are clitic pronounsSee also proclitic, enclitic
noun
  1. a clitic word

Word Origin for clitic

C20: back formation from enclitic and proclitic
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