- a lexical unit in a language, as a word or base; vocabulary item.
Origin of lexeme
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- 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
C20: from lex (icon) + -eme
Word Origin and History for lexeme
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