noun Linguistics.

the state or quality of being a hypernym or superordinate (a general class under which a set of subcategories is subsumed).

Nearby words

  1. hypermyotrophy,
  2. hypernatremia,
  3. hyperneocytosis,
  4. hypernova,
  5. hypernym,
  6. hyperon,
  7. hyperonychia,
  8. hyperopia,
  9. hyperopic astigmatism,
  10. hyperorexia

Compare hyponymy.

Origin of hypernymy

1970–75; hyper- + -(o)nymy (see -onym; -y3)

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