lexicon

[ lek-si-kon, -kuhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF lexicon

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LEXICON

This is a new word which was not in the lexicon of woman in past generations.

Burns will soon be read by lexicon, even in the shire of Ayr.

It is the commonest word in the lexicon, yet it always reads as a hapax legomenon.

The 1,000-word lexicon can handle the vast majority of emergencies.

Certainly, it needs a definition, and should be incorporated into the Lexicon.

For no system of marks in a lexicon can tell one how to pronounce a word.

There it was that he had grown up, on the missal and the lexicon.

You have it in you, and in your lexicon there is no such word as fail.

Then in her offish way she asked if we were through with her lexicon.

In Buxtorf's Lexicon there is a curious derivation of the word.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, "a dictionary," from Middle French lexicon or directly from Modern Latin lexicon, from Greek lexikon (biblion) "word (book)," from neuter of lexikos "pertaining to words," from lexis "word," from legein "say" (see lecture (n.)).

Used originally of dictionaries of Greek, Syriac, Hebrew and Arabic, because these typically were in Latin and in Modern Latin lexicon, not dictionarius, was the preferred word. The modern sense of "vocabulary proper to some sphere of activity" (1640s) is a figurative extension.

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