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morpheme

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noun mor·pheme \ˈmȯr-ˌfēm\

Simple Definition of morpheme

  • linguistics : a word or a part of a word that has a meaning and that contains no smaller part that has a meaning

Full Definition of morpheme

  1. :  a distinctive collocation of phonemes (as the free form pin or the bound form -s of pins) having no smaller meaningful parts

mor·phe·mic play \mȯr-ˈfē-mik\ adjective
mor·phe·mi·cal·ly play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of morpheme

  1. The word pins contains two morphemes: pin and the plural suffix -s.



Origin of morpheme

French morphème, from Greek morphē form


First Known Use: 1926


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