lexeme

[ lek-seem ]
/ ˈlɛk sim /

noun Linguistics.

a lexical unit in a language, as a word or base; vocabulary item.

Nearby words

  1. lex scripta,
  2. lex talionis,
  3. lex.,
  4. lexan,
  5. lexell,
  6. lexica,
  7. lexical,
  8. lexical decision task,
  9. lexical insertion,
  10. lexical meaning

Origin of lexeme

1935–40; lex(ical) or lex(icon) + -eme

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British Dictionary definitions for lexeme

lexeme

/ (ˈlɛksiːm) /

noun

linguistics a minimal meaningful unit of language, the meaning of which cannot be understood from that of its component morphemes. Take off (in the senses to mimic, to become airborne, etc) is a lexeme, as well as the independent morphemes take and off

Word Origin for lexeme

C20: from lex (icon) + -eme

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Word Origin and History for lexeme

lexeme

n.

1937, from lexicon + -eme, ending abstracted from morpheme. Related: Lexemic.

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