eme

[ eem ]
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noun Chiefly Scot.

Origin of eme

before 1000; Middle English eem(e), Old English ēam; cognate with Dutch oom, German (arch.) Ohm, Oheim; akin to uncle

Definition for eme (2 of 2)

-eme


a suffix used principally in linguistics to form nouns with the sense “significant contrastive unit,” at the level of language specified by the stem: morpheme; tagmeme.

Origin of -eme

extracted from phoneme
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British Dictionary definitions for eme

-eme


suffix forming nouns

linguistics indicating a minimal distinctive unit of a specified type in a languagemorpheme; phoneme

Word Origin for -eme

C20: via French, abstracted from phoneme
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Word Origin and History for eme

-eme


in linguistics, noted as an active suffix and word-formation element from 1953; from French -ème "unit, sound," from phonème (see phoneme).

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