[ pol-ee-see-mee, puh-lis-uh-mee ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌsi mi, pəˈlɪs ə mi /
a condition in which a single word, phrase, or concept has more than one meaning or connotation.
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Origin of polysemy
OTHER WORDS FROM polysemypol·y·se·mous, adjective
Words nearby polysemy
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British Dictionary definitions for polysemy
/ (ˌpɒlɪˈsiːmɪ, pəˈlɪsəmɪ) /
the existence of several meanings in a single wordCompare monosemy
Derived forms of polysemypolysemous, adjective
Word Origin for polysemy
C20: from New Latin polysēmia, from Greek polusēmos having many meanings, from poly- + sēma a sign
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