Definition of lexis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈleksəs/


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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Syllabification: lex·is

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