noun Linguistics.

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

Origin of lexeme

1935–40; lex(ical) or lex(icon) + -eme
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British Dictionary definitions for lexeme



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

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

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