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semanteme Line breaks: se¦man|teme
Pronunciation: /sɪˈmantiːm/

Definition of semanteme in English:


A minimal distinctive unit of meaning. Compare with sememe.
Example sentences
  • In the meaning of a big ant, the semanteme ‘big’ is a unary predicate whose argument is the semanteme ‘ant’.
  • The relationship between the semanteme of the modern Chinese character and the meaning of the formed word has stable patterns and regulations, which can be divided into eleven categories.


Early 20th century: from French sémantème, from sémantique (see semantic), on the pattern of words such as morphème 'morpheme'.

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