Definition of zeugma in English:

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zeugma

Pronunciation: /ˈzjuːɡmə/

noun

A figure of speech in which a word applies to two others in different senses (e.g. John and his driving licence expired last week). Compare with syllepsis.
Example sentences
  • He knew what a zeugma is, and had strong, informed views on the semicolon.
  • If they're both just examples of zeugma, why is that?
  • We demonstrate how it contributes to the creation of zeugma and the non-availability of crossed readings.

Derivatives

zeugmatic

Pronunciation: /zjuːɡˈmatɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • There is a zeugmatic relationship between the third and fourth stanzas.

Origin

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek, from zeugnunai 'to yoke'; related to zugon 'yoke'.

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