noun, plural lex·i·ca [lek-si-kuh] /ˈlɛk sɪ kə/, lex·i·cons.
- the total inventory of morphemes in a given language.
- the inventory of base morphemes plus their combinations with derivational morphemes.
Origin of lexicon
Examples from the Web for lexicon
Alongside YOLO, “same damn time” is one of the most memorable recent additions to the lexicon.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists|Luke Hopping|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Twenty years after the phrase entered the American lexicon, “Soccer Mom” retains its power as hurtful speech.
This week I also gave a lot of thought to many of the sayings in our lexicon that need updating.Some 4 a.m. Brainstorming on How to Make Obama Tougher Than Putin|Annabelle Gurwitch|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The phrase became part of the lexicon and the media became like an echo chamber.
If only these people realized how many other Arabic-based words are part of our daily lexicon.
One of them makes verses and takes care to consult Hesychius' Lexicon.On the Future of our Educational Institutions|Friedrich Nietzsche
Camouflage is going to be in every field officer's lexicon from this day on.Frigid Fracas|Dallas McCord Reynolds
They were excellent at an epitome or a lexicon, and were very successful as librarians.The Great Book-Collectors|Charles Isaac Elton and Mary Augusta Elton
It is like feeling one's way through a poem in a foreign tongue when one must use a lexicon for every second word.Talks on the study of literature.|Arlo Bates
This however, cumbers the lexicon with a large amount of material which in most instances is of little use.A Greek-English Lexicon To The New Testament|Thomas Sheldon Green
British Dictionary definitions for lexicon
Word Origin for lexicon
Word Origin and History for lexicon
c.1600, "a dictionary," from Middle French lexicon or directly from Modern Latin lexicon, from Greek lexikon (biblion) "word (book)," from neuter of lexikos "pertaining to words," from lexis "word," from legein "say" (see lecture (n.)).
Used originally of dictionaries of Greek, Syriac, Hebrew and Arabic, because these typically were in Latin and in Modern Latin lexicon, not dictionarius, was the preferred word. The modern sense of "vocabulary proper to some sphere of activity" (1640s) is a figurative extension.