- Polysemy is defined as having several meanings, or being open to several interpretations.
An example of a polysemy is a poem with many interpretations.
the phenomenon of having or being open to several or many meanings
Origin of polysemyModern Latin polysemia ; from Late Latin polysemus, having many meanings ; from Classical Greek polysēmos ; from poly-, poly- + sēma, a sign: see semantic
- (semantics) The ability of words, signs and symbols to have multiple meanings.
- [...] polysemy, which is the greedy habit some words have of taking more than one meaning for themselves. Erin McKean, speech at TED.
polyseme + -y