What does neologism mean?

Definitions for neologism
niˈɒl əˌdʒɪz əmne·ol·o·gism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. neologism, neology, coinagenoun

    a newly invented word or phrase

  2. neologism, neology, coinagenoun

    the act of inventing a word or phrase


  1. neologismnoun

    A word or phrase which has recently been coined; a new word or phrase.

  2. neologismnoun

    The act or instance of coining, or uttering a new word.

  3. neologismnoun

    The newly coined, meaningless words or phrases of someone with a psychosis, usually schizophrenia.

  4. Etymology: From néologisme, from +.


  1. Neologism

    A neologism (; from Greek νέο- néo-, "new" and λόγος lógos, "speech, utterance") is a relatively recent or isolated term, word, or phrase that may be in the process of entering common use, but that has not yet been fully accepted into mainstream language. Neologisms are often driven by changes in culture and technology. In the process of language formation, neologisms are more mature than protologisms. A word whose development stage is between that of the protologism (freshly coined) and neologism (new word) is a prelogism.Popular examples of neologisms can be found in science, fiction (notably science fiction), films and television, branding, literature, jargon, cant, linguistic and popular culture. Examples include laser (1960) from Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation; robotics (1941) from Czech writer Karel Čapek's play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots); and agitprop (1930) (a portmanteau of "agitation" and "propaganda").


  1. neologism

    A neologism is a newly coined word, expression, or usage not previously existing within a certain language or field of study. It can also refer to a new concept, idea, or phenomenon, especially if it has recently become mainstream or widely accepted.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Neologismnoun

    the introduction of new words, or the use of old words in a new sense

  2. Neologismnoun

    a new word, phrase, or expression

  3. Neologismnoun

    a new doctrine; specifically, rationalism

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. nologisme.]


  1. Neologism

    A neologism is a newly coined term, word, or phrase, that may be in the process of entering common use, but has not yet been accepted into mainstream language. Neologisms are often directly attributable to a specific person, publication, period, or event. Νεολεξία is a synonym for it. The term neologism is first attested in English in 1772, borrowed from French néologisme. A neologism may also be a new usage of an existing word, sometimes called a semantic extension. Cf. idiolect. In psychiatry, the term neologism is used to describe the use of words that have meaning only to the person who uses them, independent of their common meaning. This tendency is considered normal in children, but in adults can be a symptom of psychopathy or a thought disorder. People with autism also may create neologisms. Additionally, use of neologisms may be related to aphasia acquired after brain damage resulting from a stroke or head injury. In theology, a neologism is a relatively new doctrine. In this sense, a neologist is one who proposes either a new doctrine or a new interpretation of source material such as religious texts.

Editors Contribution

  1. neologismverb

    A newly coined word or expression. The coining or use of new words. SCRIBES 1.) a new or revived form of an official record of events during the voyage of life distinctive practice, system, or philosophy, typically a political ideology or an artistic movement.

    Neologism is the religion of the computerized system.

    Etymology: Lexicographers

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 11, 2024  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of neologism in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of neologism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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