[ hahy-pon-uh-mee ]
/ haɪˈpɒn ə mi /

noun Linguistics.

the state or quality of being a hyponym, a term that denotes a subcategory of a more general class: A relationship of hyponymy exists between “dog” and “animal.”


How Hip Is Your Lingo? Take Our Slang Quiz!
If you aren’t already skilled in slang, then this quiz can get you up to speed in no time!
Question 1 of 11
OK Boomer can be perceived as pejorative, but it is mostly considered to be _____
Compare hypernymy.

Origin of hyponymy

1950–55; hyp- + -onymy (see -onym, -y3), on the model of homonymy, synonymy
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020