What does Lexicon mean?

Definitions for Lexiconˈlɛk sɪˌkɒn, -kən; -kə

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Lexicon.

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

  2. Origin: [Gr. lexiko`n (sc. bibli`on), neut. of lexiko`s of or belonging to words, fr. le`xis a speaking, speech, a way of speaking, a single word or phrase, fr. le`gein to say, to speak. See Legend.]


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lexicon

    leks′i-kon, n. a word-book or dictionary.—adj. Lex′ical, belonging to a lexicon.—adv. Lex′ically.—n. Lexicog′rapher, one skilled in lexicography.—adjs. Lexicograph′ic, -al.—ns. Lexicog′raphist, Lexicol′ogist, one skilled in lexicology; Lexicog′raphy, the art of compiling a dictionary; Lexicol′ogy, that branch of philology which treats of the proper signification and use of words.—adjs. Lexigraph′ic, -al, pertaining to lexigraphy.—n. Lexig′raphy, the art of defining words. [Gr.,—lexis, a word, legein, to speak.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lexicon in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lexicon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Barry Bennett:

    And there was nothing we could do to make him talk about it in a lexicon that is much more modern.

  2. Barry Bennett:

    He's also a 64-year-old African-American male, who culturally is what he is right? He's not comfortable with homosexuality, right? and there was nothing we could do to make him talk about it in a lexicon that is much more modern.

  3. George Will, Newsweek, 2/22/93:

    ...in the lexicon of the political class, the word "sacrifice" means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it.

  4. Barbara Arnwine:

    A very important part of the lexicon of civil rights law is that you cannot create a hostile environment where you make it so people of different races or religions or women feel they can't function at your institution without being subjected to unlawful discrimination.

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Translations for Lexicon

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • معجمArabic
  • Wortschatz, LexikonGerman
  • λεξιλόγιο, λεξικό, λημματολόγιοGreek
  • léxicoSpanish
  • sanasto, sanakirja, sanavarasto, leksikkoFinnish
  • lexique, vocabulaire, champ lexicalFrench
  • foclóirIrish
  • szókészlet, szótár, szókincsHungarian
  • orðabók, orðasafn, lesforði, lessafnIcelandic
  • lessico, vocabolarioItalian
  • 語彙Japanese
  • leksikonas, žodynasLithuanian
  • leksykon, słownictwoPolish
  • léxicoPortuguese
  • lexiconRomanian
  • лексика, лексико́н, [[запас]] [[слово, [[лексический]] [[запас]], слова́рь, [[словарь]] [[лексемаRussian
  • lexikonSwedish
  • அகராதியின்Tamil

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