lexicology

[ lek-si-kol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌlɛk sɪˈkɒl ə dʒi /

noun

the study of the formation, meaning, and use of words and of idiomatic combinations of words.

Nearby words

  1. lexically,
  2. lexico-,
  3. lexicog.,
  4. lexicographer,
  5. lexicography,
  6. lexicon,
  7. lexicostatistics,
  8. lexigram,
  9. lexigraphy,
  10. lexington

Origin of lexicology

First recorded in 1820–30; lexic(on) + -o- + -logy

Related formslex·i·co·log·i·cal [lek-si-kuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌlɛk sɪ kəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, lex·i·co·log·ic, adjectivelex·i·col·o·gist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for lexicologist

lexicology

/ (ˌlɛksɪˈkɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the study of the overall structure and history of the vocabulary of a language
Derived Formslexicological (ˌlɛksɪkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivelexicologically, adverblexicologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for lexicologist

lexicology

n.

1828, from lexico- + -logy.

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