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Friday, June 05, 2015

Definitions for holophrase

  1. a word functioning as a phrase or sentence, as the imperative Go!

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Citations for holophrase
Addressed by a man of college age, Kellett could not so much as mumble the holophrase “Help!” in response, still less reply in declarative utterances. Dennis Ford, Red Star, 2007
In the first stage of meaningful speech, the holophrase period, infants utter holophrases—single words that often seem to represent an entire sentence’s worth of meaning… David R. Shaffer and Katherine Kipp, Developmental Psychology: Childhood & Adolescence, Eighth Edition, 2010
Origin of holophrase
Holophrase came to English in the late 1800s from the Greek roots holos meaning "whole, entire" and phrásis meaning "diction, style, speech."