polysemous
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /pəˈlɪs.ɪ.məs/, /ˌpɒl.ɪˈsiː.məs/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌpɑːl.iˈsiː.məs/, /pəˈlɪs.ə.məs/
Adjective

polysemous (not comparable)

  1. (linguistics) Having multiple meanings or interpretations.
    Synonyms: polysemantic, polysemic
    Antonyms: monosemous, univocal
    • 2000, Yael Ravin, Claudia Leacock, Polysemy: Theoretical and Computational Approaches, OUP Oxford (ISBN 9780191584695), page 52:
      But just how are the meanings associated with a polysemous word related? A look at the entries for polysemous words in different dictionaries shows that lexicographers cannot agree on how to divide up the semantic space […]
Related terms Translations
  • French: polysémique
  • Portuguese: polissémico (Portugal), polissêmico (Brazil)



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