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


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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Examples from the Web for eme

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

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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