Share this entry

Share this page

onomasiology

Line breaks: ono¦masi|ology
Pronunciation: /ˌɒnə(ʊ)meɪsɪˈɒlədʒi
 
/

Definition of onomasiology in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The branch of linguistics that deals with concepts and the terms that represent them, in particular contrasting terms for similar concepts, as in a thesaurus. Compare with semasiology.

Origin

early 20th century: from Greek onomasia 'term' + -logy.

Derivatives

onomasiological

1
Pronunciation: /-əˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
adjective
Example sentences
  • In spite of the above critical remarks, I do not wish to deny the value of both the onomasiological and the semasiological approaches in semantic studies.

Definition of onomasiology in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rəˈzilyənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…