from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The use of more words than are required to express an idea; redundancy.
- n. An instance of pleonasm.
- n. A superfluous word or phrase.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Redundancy in wording.
- n. A phrase involving pleonasm, that is, a phrase in which one or more words are redundant as their meaning is expressed elsewhere in the phrase.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Redundancy of language in speaking or writing; the use of more words than are necessary to express the idea.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Redundancy of language; the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea.
- n. A redundant phrase or expression; an instance of redundancy of language.
- n. In medicine, excess in number or size.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. using more words than necessary
Late Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmos, from pleonazein, to be excessive, from pleōn, more; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Latin pleonasmus, from Ancient Greek πλεονασμός (pleonasmos), from πλεονάζω (pleonazō, "I am superfluous"), from πλείων (pleiōn, "more"). (Wiktionary)