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[ lek-si-koh-stuh-tis-tiks ]
/ ˌlɛk sɪ koʊ stəˈtɪs tɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb) Linguistics.

the statistical study of the vocabulary of a language or languages for historical purposes.

Nearby words

lexicog., lexicographer, lexicography, lexicology, lexicon, lexicostatistics, lexigram, lexigraphy, lexington, lexington and concord, battle of, lexington park

Origin of lexicostatistics

First recorded in 1955–60; lexic(on) + -o- + statistics
Related formslex·i·co·sta·tis·tic, lex·i·co·sta·tis·ti·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lexicostatistics


/ (ˌlɛksɪkəʊstəˈtɪstɪks) /


(functioning as singular) the statistical study of the vocabulary of a language, with special attention to the historical links with other languagesSee also glottochronology
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