from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Brevity of speech; conciseness.
  • n. A shortened or condensed phrase or expression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. concise speech; laconism
  • n. Any of several forms of omission of words, including the omission of an understood part of a phrase, as, the omission of "good" from "(good) morning!" (brachyology).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Conciseness of expression; brevity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In rhetoric and grammar, brevity of diction; a concise or abridged form of expression; especially, non-repetition or omission of a word when its repetition or use would be necessary to complete the grammatical construction: as, I do not think so now, but I have (thought so); this is as good (as) or better than that.


Medieval Latin brachylogia, from Greek brakhulogiā : brakhu-, brachy- + logos, speech; see -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From brachy- + -logy, from Ancient Greek βραχυλογία, from βραχύς ("short") + λογία ("speech"); compare brachyology. (Wiktionary)



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