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monosemy

Line breaks: mono|semy
Pronunciation: /ˈmɒnə(ʊ)ˌsiːmi
 
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Definition of monosemy in English:

noun

[mass noun] Linguistics
The property of having only one meaning.
Example sentences
  • These concern the distinction between polysemy and homonymy, and between polysemy and monosemy.

Origin

1950s: from mono- 'one' + Greek sēma 'sign' + -y3.

Derivatives

monosemic

1
adjective

monosemous

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • It might be unclear, in any given case, whether a word should be regarded as polysemous or monosemous.
  • Fortunately, about half of abbreviations (5772 in the supplemental abbreviation file) seem to be monosemous.

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