Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

suppletion

play
noun sup·ple·tion \sə-ˈplē-shən\

Definition of suppletion

  1. :  the occurrence of phonemically unrelated allomorphs of the same morpheme (as went as the past tense of go or better as the comparative form of good)

suppletive

play \sə-ˈplē-tiv, ˈsə-plə-\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of suppletion

Medieval Latin suppletion-, suppletio act of supplementing, from Latin supplēre


First Known Use: 1914


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up suppletion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

in the capacity or character of

Get Word of the Day daily email!