Definition of lexis in English:


Syllabification: lex·is
Pronunciation: /ˈleksis


  • 1The total stock of words in a language: a notable loss of English lexis
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    • According to Mr. Schaik, the influence of the Dutch was there in the Indian and Sri Lankan languages which had absorbed a few Dutch words in their lexis.
    • Because the word ‘globalization’ wasn't part of the general lexis back then, the snoring bankers weren't troubled by dark daydreams filled with hungry competitors from a flattening world preparing to eat their splendid lunch.
  • 1.1The level of language consisting of vocabulary, as opposed to grammar or syntax.
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    • Each major area is enclosed by a large number of isoglosses representing differences in lexis, grammar, and phonology.
    • This grammar is the first pedagogic grammar to integrate syntax and lexis using corpus data.


1950s (denoting the wording, as opposed to other elements, in a piece of writing): from Greek, literally 'word' (see lexicon).

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