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ˌlɛk sɪˈkɒl ə dʒilex·i·col·o·gy

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  1. lexicologynoun

    the branch of linguistics that studies the lexical component of language


  1. lexicologynoun

    The part of linguistics that studies words, their nature and meaning, words' elements, relations between words including semantic relations, words groups and the whole lexicon.

  2. lexicologynoun

    A specific theory concerning the lexicon.

  3. Etymology: From λεξικός, from λέξις, from λέγειν + -logy


  1. Lexicology

    Lexicology is the branch of linguistics that analyzes the lexicon of a specific language. A word is the smallest meaningful unit of a language that can stand on its own, and is made up of small components called morphemes and even smaller elements known as phonemes, or distinguishing sounds. Lexicology examines every feature of a word – including formation, spelling, origin, usage, and definition.Lexicology also considers the relationships that exist between words. In linguistics, the lexicon of a language is composed of lexemes, which are abstract units of meaning that correspond to a set of related forms of a word. Lexicology looks at how words can be broken down as well as identifies common patterns they follow.Lexicology is associated with lexicography, which is the practice of compiling dictionaries.


  1. lexicology

    Lexicology is the study of words, their meaning, formation, and usage within a particular language or languages. It examines the structure of words, the relationships between words, their historical development, and how they are used in different contexts. Lexicologists analyze various aspects of words, such as their pronunciation, spelling, etymology, and semantic nuances, in order to understand and explain the vocabulary of a language.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lexicologynoun

    the science of the derivation and signification of words; that branch of learning which treats of the signification and application of words

  2. Etymology: [Gr. lexiko`n lexicon + -logy: cf. F. lexicologie.]


  1. Lexicology

    Lexicology is the part of linguistics which studies words. This may include their nature and function as symbols their meaning, the relationship of their meaning to epistemology in general, and the rules of their composition from smaller elements. Lexicology also involves relations between words, which may involve semantics, derivation, usage and sociolinguistic distinctions, and any other issues involved in analyzing the whole lexicon of a language. The term first appeared in the 1820s, though there were lexicologists in essence before the term was coined. Computational lexicology as a related field deals with the computational study of dictionaries and their contents. An allied science to lexicology is lexicography, which also studies words, but primarily in relation with dictionaries – it is actually concerned with the inclusion of words in dictionaries and from that perspective with the whole lexicon. Sometimes lexicography is considered to be a part or a branch of lexicology, but properly speaking, only lexicologists who actually write dictionaries are lexicographers. Some consider this a distinction of theory vs. practice.

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