polysemy(redirected from Polysemous language)
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Having or characterized by many meanings, as the words play and table.
[From Late Latin polysēmus, from Greek polusēmos : polu-, poly- + sēma, sign.]
pol′y·se′my (pŏl′ē-sē′mē, pə-lĭs′ə-) n.
(Linguistics) the existence of several meanings in a single word. Compare monosemy
[C20: from New Latin polysēmia, from Greek polusēmos having many meanings, from poly- + sēma a sign]
ˌpolyˈsemous, polysemic, polyseme adj
pol•y•se•my(ˈpɒl iˌsi mi, pəˈlɪs ə mi)
diversity of meanings.
[< French polysémie (1897) < Late Latin polysēm(us) with many meanings (< Greek polýsēmos)]
a diversity of meanings for a given word.See also: Language
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|Noun||1.||polysemy - the ambiguity of an individual word or phrase that can be used (in different contexts) to express two or more different meanings|
monosemy - having a single meaning (absence of ambiguity) usually of individual words or phrases