[glos-eem, glaw-seem]

noun Linguistics.

(in glossematics) an irreducible, invariant form, as a morpheme or tagmeme, that functions as the smallest meaningful unit of linguistic signaling.

Origin of glosseme

First recorded in 1925–30; gloss- + -eme
Related formsglos·se·mic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for glosseme



the smallest meaningful unit of a language, such as stress, form, etc

Word Origin for glosseme

C20: from Greek glōssēma; see gloss ², -eme
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