[ hahy-puh-nim ]
/ ˈhaɪ pə nɪm /

noun Linguistics.

a term that denotes a subcategory of a more general class: “Chair” and “table” are hyponyms of “furniture.”Compare superordinate(def 4).

Origin of hyponym

1960–65; hyp- + -onym, or as back formation from hyponymy
Related formshy·pon·y·mous [hahy-pon-uh-muh s] /haɪˈpɒn ə məs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hyponym


/ (ˈhaɪpəʊnɪm) /


a word whose meaning is included in that of another word`scarlet', `vermilion', and `crimson' are hyponyms of `red' Compare superordinate (def. 3), synonym, antonym
Derived Formshyponymy (haɪˈpɒnəmɪ), noun

Word Origin for hyponym

C20: from hypo- + Greek onoma name
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