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[sem-eem, see-meem]
noun Linguistics.
  1. the meaning of a morpheme.
  2. a basic unit of meaning or content.
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Origin of sememe

< Greek sêm(a) sign + -eme; coined by L. Bloomfield in 1933; cf. semanteme
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British Dictionary definitions for sememe


noun linguistics
  1. the meaning of a morpheme
  2. Also called: semanteme a minimum unit of meaning in terms of which it is sometimes proposed that meaning in general might be analysed
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Word Origin

C20 (coined in 1933 by Leonard Bloomfield (1887–1949), US linguist): from Greek sēma a sign + -eme
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