neologism[nē äl′ə jiz′əm]
- 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 amp; -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
(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 néologisme, from Ancient Greek νέος (neos, “new”) + λόγος (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.