Definition of lexeme in English:

lexeme

Line breaks: lex¦eme
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛksiːm
 
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noun

Linguistics
  • A basic lexical unit of a language consisting of one word or several words, the elements of which do not separately convey the meaning of the whole.
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    • On this account, the word based theories posit that lexical relations in Semitic languages are linked to derivations involving lexemes and morphemes.
    • Linguists might call the monster on the ice-floes a floating signifier, a lexeme whose meaning varies contextually.
    • The resulting semantico-functional variant of a lexeme performs a different function in speech.

Origin

1940s: from lexicon + -eme.

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