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.
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Origin of lexicon
historical usage of lexicon
English lexicon was first used in the sense “dictionary, wordbook,” and usually referred to dictionaries of Greek and the culturally important Semitic languages (Hebrew, Syriac, Aramaic, Arabic). Dictionaries of these particular languages were traditionally written in Latin, and since Latin had no native word for dictionary, lexicon was the word generally used.
Our English word dictionary comes from Medieval Latin dictiōnārium, the neuter form of dictiōnārius ( liber ) “word (book)”—that is, “a phrase book, a beginner’s textbook (of Latin).”
Words nearby lexicon
Example sentences from the Web for lexicon
The game’s lexicon was built first with the New General Service List to serve as its foundation.
The fast-paced, fun word game challenges users to spell all the words you can in two minutes and uses a lexicon of words Kocienda built to allow for the inclusion of proper names.
Root out the biased language we so often use when discussing women and people of color, not by unilaterally relying on anti-bias training, but by fixing the underlying systems that enable this bias to creep into the talent assessment lexicon.
In academic speak, observing and learning from other people is called “social influence,” a term that’s obviously crossed into pop culture lexicon.This Is How Your Brain Responds to Social Influence|Shelly Fan|August 25, 2020|Singularity Hub
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