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.

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Origin of lexicology

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

OTHER WORDS FROM lexicology

lex·i·co·log·i·cal [lek-si-kuh-loj-i-kuhl], /ˌlɛk sɪ kəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, lex·i·co·log·ic, adjectivelex·i·col·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lexicology

lexicology
/ (ˌlɛksɪˈkɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the study of the overall structure and history of the vocabulary of a language

Derived forms of lexicology

lexicological (ˌlɛksɪkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivelexicologically, adverblexicologist, noun
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