Definitions

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

  • noun The total set of words in a language as distinct from morphology; vocabulary.

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  • noun linguistics The set of all words and phrases in a language.
  • noun The vocabulary used by a writer

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  • noun all of the words in a language; all word forms having meaning or grammatical function

Etymologies

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

[Greek, speech, word; see lexicon.]

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From Ancient Greek λέξις (lexis, "diction”, “word"), from λεγ- (leg-, "to speak").

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