sememe

[sem-eem, see-meem]

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

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

Word Origin for sememe

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