Definition of hypernym in English:


Syllabification: hy·per·nym
Pronunciation: /ˈhīpərˌnim


  • 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.
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    • 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.

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