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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lex•i•conˈlɛk sɪˌkɒn, -kən; -kə(n.)(pl.)-ca; -cons.

  1. a wordbook or dictionary, esp. of Greek, Latin, or Hebrew.

  2. the vocabulary of a particular language, field, social class, person, etc.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  3. the total inventory of words or morphemes in a given language.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of lexicon:

1595–1605; < ML < MGk, Gk lexikón, n. use of neut. of lexikós of words

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vocabulary, lexicon, mental lexicon(noun)

    a language user's knowledge of words

  2. dictionary, lexicon(noun)

    a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them


  1. lexicon(Noun)

    A dictionary that includes or focuses on lexemes.

  2. lexicon(Noun)

    A dictionary of Classical Greek, Hebrew, Latin, or Aramaic.

  3. lexicon(Noun)

    The lexicology of a programming language. (Usually called lexical structure.)

  4. lexicon(Noun)

    Any dictionary.

  5. lexicon(Noun)

    The vocabulary used by or known to an individual. (Also called lexical knowledge)

  6. lexicon(Noun)

    A vocabulary specific to a certain subject. EX: a baseball lexicon

  7. Origin: English from the 17th century, from a or lexicon, from λεξικόν, neuter of λεξικός, from λέξις, from λέγειν.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lexicon(noun)

    a vocabulary, or book containing an alphabetical arrangement of the words in a language or of a considerable number of them, with the definition of each; a dictionary; especially, a dictionary of the Greek, Hebrew, or Latin language


  1. Lexicon

    In most theories of linguistics, human languages are thought to consist of two parts: a lexicon, essentially a catalogue of a given language's words, and a grammar, a system of rules which allow for the combination of those words into meaningful sentences. The lexicon is also thought to include bound morphemes, which cannot stand alone as words. In some analyses, compound words and certain classes of idiomatic expressions and other collocations are also considered to be part of the lexicon. Dictionaries represent attempts at listing, in alphabetical order, the lexicon of a given language; usually, however, bound morphemes are not included. More formally, a lexicon is a language's inventory of lexemes. Coined in English 1603, the word "lexicon" derives from the Greek λεξικόν, neuter of λεξικός, "of or for words", from λέξις, "speech", "word", and that from λέγω, "to say", "to speak".

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