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hypernym Line breaks: hyper|nym
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪpənɪm/

Definition of hypernym in English:


A word with a broad meaning constituting a category into which words with more specific meanings fall; a superordinate. For example, colour 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' + -onym.

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