noun Linguistics.
  1. a feature of the arrangement of elements in a construction, as selection, order, phonetic modification, or modulation.

Origin of taxeme

First recorded in 1930–35; tax- + -eme
Related formstax·e·mic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for taxeme


  1. linguistics any element of speech that may differentiate one utterance from another with a different meaning, such as the occurrence of a particular phoneme, the presence of a certain intonation, or a distinctive word order
Derived Formstaxemic, adjective

Word Origin for taxeme

C20: from Greek taxis order, arrangement + -eme
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