[ lek-sis ]
/ ˈlɛk sɪs /

noun Linguistics.

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

Origin of lexis

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


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

Word Origin for lexis

C20: from Greek lexis word
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