Origin of eme

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


  1. 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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Contemporary Examples of eme

Historical Examples of eme

  • But when darkness fell, unknown hands—were they the hands of Eme Ete?

  • But there was one who was kind to her, Eme Ete, a sister of the chief, who had a sad story.

  • Many weights of lead and marble were found here; one with the inscription, "Eme et habebis" (Buy and you shall have), also scales.

  • Eme Ete came and knelt before her brother and begged him to set free one of them, a weak and timid creature, and this was done.

  • Eme Ete sent Ma a secret message, and she rose and followed him, and coaxed him to take the native oath instead of the ordeal.

British Dictionary definitions for eme


suffix forming nouns
  1. 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


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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