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
Many former Eme stated that is why they left after feeling disillusioned.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs
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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.Museum of Antiquity
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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.
- linguistics indicating a minimal distinctive unit of a specified type in a languagemorpheme; phoneme
C20: via French, abstracted from phoneme
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper