- Neologism is defined as a new word or a new use for an old word, or the act of making up new words.
- An example of a neologism is the word webinar, for a seminar on the web or the Internet.
- An example of neologism is a comedian coining new terms on a TV show like Stephen Colbert’s creation of the term “truthiness.”
- a new word or a new meaning for an established word
- the use of, or the practice of creating, new words or new meanings for established words
Origin of neologismFrench néologisme: see neo-, -logy, and -ism
- A new word, expression, or usage.
- The creation or use of new words or senses.
- Psychology a. The invention of new words regarded as a symptom of certain psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia.b. A word so invented.
- Theology A new doctrine or a new interpretation of scripture.
- ne·ol′o·gis′tic ne·ol′o·gis′ti·cal
Usage Note: The traditional pronunciation of neologism is accented on the second syllable (nē-ŏl′ə-jĭz′əm). In our 2015 survey, this is the pronunciation preferred by 72 percent of the Usage Panel. A newer variant pronunciation accented on the third syllable (nē′ō-lō′jĭz′əm) is preferred by 28 percent of the Panel; however, only half of the Panel finds it acceptable.
(countable and uncountable, plural neologisms)
For a word to be no longer considered new, it needs to be understood by a significant portion of the population as having always been a valid word. For that to occur the word must have been in common use for approximately one generation "” fifteen to twenty years "” but there is no universally accepted measure.
From French nÃ©ologisme, from Ancient Greek Î½ÎÎ¿Ï‚ (neos, “new") + Î»ÏŒÎ³Î¿Ï‚ (logos, “word").
neologism - Computer Definition
A new word or new meaning for an existing word. The high-tech field routinely creates new meanings for words. Before 1980, there was no doubt that a "mouse" referred only to a furry rodent.