Lexis definition

lĕksĭs
The total set of words in a language as distinct from morphology; vocabulary.
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The full vocabulary of a language, or of a group, individual, field of study, etc.
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Lexis is defined as the full set of words in a language and their definitions.

An example of lexis is what a dictionary tries to contain.

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(linguistics) The set of all words and phrases in a language.
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The vocabulary used by a writer.

In this broadsheet newspaper, the reporter uses a complicated and formal lexis which I find hard to understand sometimes.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lexis
Plural:
lexeis, lexises

Origin of lexis

  • Greek speech, word lexicon

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek λέξις (lexis, “diction", “word"), from λεγ- (leg-, “to speak").

    From Wiktionary