- The definition of a zeugma is a figure of speech where one word applies to multiple words within a sentence.
An example of a zeugma is saying that a woman's dress was blue and so was her mood.
zeugma definition by Webster's New World
- a figure of speech in which a single word, usually a verb or adjective, is syntactically related to two or more words, though having a different sense in relation to each (Ex.: The room was not light, but his fingers were)
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek literally , yoke
- zeugmatic adjective
zeugma definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A construction in which one word or phrase is understood to be related to two or more other words or phrases, while being grammatically consistent with only one of them, as with subject-verb agreement in She was upstairs, and her children downstairs.
Origin: Latin, from Greek, a joining, bond; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.