There are 2 main definitions of seme in English:


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Pronunciation: /siːm


Another term for semanteme.
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  • Semic analysis is an operation readers perform unconsciously when they identify in a text verbal derivations from a key word's semantic features, the semes.
  • The seme of indebtedness attaches itself definitively to Peter in the board meeting where George is obliged to come to his defence.
  • As we know, any word corresponds to a sememe, a set of distinctive semantic features, the semes, whose relationships determine that word's meaning (for example, the semes human and female are components of the sememe woman).


mid 19th century: from Greek sēma 'sign'.

There are 2 main definitions of seme in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛmi
, ˈsɛmeɪ
(also semée)


Covered with small bearings of indefinite number (e.g. stars, fleurs-de-lis) arranged all over the field: semé of crosses flory
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  • When the number of charges exceeds six, they produce the appearance of a pattern and the field thus covered is called semé (sowing) or said to be powdered.
  • As a result the municipality received on 10 Apr 1986 a new Coat of Arms: blue with a semé of silver blocks and charged with a lion rampant armed red, surmontée a yellow crown of three leaves and two pearls.


late Middle English: French, literally 'sown', past participle of semer.

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