Definition of ghost word in English:

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ghost word

noun

A word that is not actually used but is recorded in a dictionary or other reference work.
Example sentences
  • Why not just remove the ghost words if they're not actually content that the dictionary cares to have in it?
  • There is a very common ghost word that became well established in our language - a ghost name, to be more accurate.
  • One of the most exotic of linguistic phenomena, the ghost word, has accidentally acquired a sexual application.
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