- The definition of a lexicon is a dictionary or the vocabulary of a language, a people or a subject.
- An example of lexicon is YourDictionary.com.
- An example of lexicon is a set of medical terms.
- a dictionary, esp. of an ancient language
- the special vocabulary of a particular author, field of study, etc.
- a record or inventory: a notable case in the lexicon of subversion
- Linguis. the total stock of morphemes in a language
Origin of lexiconClassical Greek lexikon, neuter of lexikos, of words ; from lexis, a saying, phrase, word ; from legein: see logic
nounpl. lex·i·cons or lex·i·ca
- A dictionary.
- A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary: the lexicon of surrealist art.
- Linguistics The morphemes of a language considered as a group.
Origin of lexiconMedieval Latin, from Greek lexikon (biblion), word(book), from neuter of lexikos, of words, from lexis, word, from legein, to speak; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(plural lexica or lexicons)
- The vocabulary of a language.
- (linguistics) A dictionary that includes or focuses on lexemes.
- A dictionary of Classical Greek, Hebrew, Latin, or Aramaic.
- (programming) The lexicology of a programming language. (Usually called lexical structure.)
- (rare) Any dictionary.
- The vocabulary used by or known to an individual. (Also called lexical knowledge)
- A vocabulary specific to a certain subject.
- a baseball lexicon
English from the 17th century, from a Medieval Latin or New Latin lexicon, from Ancient Greek Î»ÎµÎ¾Î¹ÎºÏŒÎ½ (lexicon, “a lexicon"), neuter of Î»ÎµÎ¾Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (lexikos, “of words"), from Î»ÎÎ¾Î¹Ï‚ (lexis, “a saying, speech, word"), from Î»ÎÎ³ÎµÎ¹Î½ (legein, “to speak").