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noun
a word, typically a noun, verb, adjective, or adverb, that carries semantic content, bearing reference to the world independently of its use within a particular sentence (distinguished from function word).
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Origin of content word

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for content word

content word
/ (ˈkɒntɛnt) /

noun
a word to which an independent meaning can be given by reference to a world outside any sentence in which the word may occurCompare function word, lexical meaning
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