The fundamental unit of the lexicon of a language. Find, finds, found, and finding are forms of the English lexeme find.
A word or stem that is a meaningful unit in a language and coincides with the abstract unit underlying a given set of inflected forms.
Origin of lexeme
- lex(icon) –eme
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin lexis, from Ancient Greek Î»ÎÎ¾Î¹Ï‚ (lÃ©xis, “word") + -eme a suffix indicating a fundamental unit in some aspect of linguistic structure. Extracted from phoneme, from Ancient Greek Ï†ÏŽÎ½Î·Î¼Î± (phÅnÄ“ma, “sound"), from Ï†Ï‰Î½ÎÏ‰ (phÅneÅ, “to sound"), from Ï†Ï‰Î½Î® (phÅnÄ“, “sound").