Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The branch of linguistics that deals with the lexical component of language.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The science of words; that branch of learning which treats of the forms, derivation, signification, and relations of words.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The science of the derivation and signification of words; that branch of learning which treats of the signification and application of words.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable (linguistics) 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.
  • noun countable A specific theory concerning the lexicon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the branch of linguistics that studies the lexical component of language

Etymologies

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

[lexico(n) + –logy.]

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From Ancient Greek λεξικός (lexikos, "of words"), from λέξις (lexis, "a saying, speech, word"), from λέγειν (legein, "to speak") + -logy

Examples

  • Packers lexicology -- using your best Pittsburgh/Wisconsin accents.

    Packer vs. Steeler speak: How to talk Super Bowl

  • Allah hath bounteously bestowed on thee a Barber who is an astrologer, one learned in alchemy and white magic; 612 syntax, grammar, and lexicology; the arts of logic, rhetoric and elocution; mathematics, arithmetic and algebra; astronomy, astromancy and geometry; theology, the

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • "Michael Adams, a professor at North Carolina State university who specializes in lexicology, said 'truthiness' means 'truthy, not facty.'"

    Adam Green: Truthiness: Colbert Was Robbed!

  • Maverannahr scholars made a great contribution to Arabic language dissemination, its analysis and Arabic literature development, which is proved by Mahmud Zamakhshari's works, including dozens of scientific papers, fiction, didactic treatises, the works on Arabic morphology, syntax, phonetics and lexicology.

    Turkmen scholar Mahmud Zamakhshari's heritage

  • Maverannahr scholars made a great contribution to Arabic language dissemination, its analysis and Arabic literature development, which is proved by Mahmud Zamakhshari's works, including dozens of scientific papers, fiction, didactic treatises, the works on Arabic morphology, syntax, phonetics and lexicology.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • Michael Adams, a professor at North Carolina State University who specializes in lexicology, said "truthiness" means "truthy, not facty."

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • Michael Adams, a professor at North Carolina State University who specializes in lexicology, said "truthiness" means "truthy, not facty."

    Truthy, not facty

  • That is one of the driving forces behind lexicology, and why it is so important: it helps us manage vocabulary change.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • That is one of the driving forces behind lexicology, and why it is so important: it helps us manage vocabulary change.

    On complaining about the tide coming in

  • As a writer and thus a "words" person (fuggedabout numbers!!), I love lexicology.

    Mexican Idioms?

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