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lexis

[ lek-sis ]

noun

, Linguistics.
  1. the vocabulary of a language, as distinct from its grammar; the total stock of words and idiomatic combinations of them in a language; lexicon.


lexis

/ ˈlɛksɪs /

noun

  1. the totality of vocabulary items in a language, including all forms having lexical meaning or grammatical function


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Word History and Origins

Origin of lexis1

1955–60; < Greek léxis speech, diction, word, text, equivalent to lég ( ein ) to speak, recount (akin to lógos account, word, Latin legere to read; logos, lection ) + -sis -sis
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Word History and Origins

Origin of lexis1

C20: from Greek lexis word
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Example Sentences

The FBI claimed the Lexis-Nexis searches cost the Times $300,000 and Lamo faced 15 years in jail for the breach.

For in the view of the Greeks the words (lexis) were an integral part of the whole composition.

But there was a separate dispute far less notorious as to the quality of the lexis.

Porson was accustomed, meanly enough, to ridicule the Greek lexis of this ode; which was to break a fly upon the wheel.

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