Linguis. a distinctive unit of language structure at a (specified) level of analysis, generally characterized as a class consisting of all the variant forms of the given unit: the grapheme <w> consists of all the possible written forms of the letter w
Origin of -emeFrench -ème, unit, sound from phonème, phoneme
A distinctive unit of linguistic structure: semanteme.
Origin of -emeFrench -ème from phonème phoneme ; see phoneme .
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.x:
- Whilst they were young, Cassibalane their Eme / Was by the people chosen in their sted [...].
- (Scotland) friend.