Share this entry
hypernym Syllabification: hy·per·nym
Pronunciation: /ˈhīpərˌnim/

Definition of hypernym in English:


A word with a broad meaning that more specific words fall under; a superordinate. For example, color is a hypernym of red. Contrasted with hyponym.
Example sentences
  • The WordNet online interface lets you browse the synonyms and hypernyms (X is a hypernym of Y if Y is a type of X) of far too many words.
  • We evaluate the various approaches comparing their hypernym suggestion with the Dutch part of EuroWordNet.
  • In fact, adding proper hypernyms to a synset can dramatically increase the inherited properties of that synset.


1970s: from hyper- 'beyond', on the pattern of hyponym.

Definition of hypernym in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources