anaphor

noun

ana·​phor ˈa-nə-ˌfȯr How to pronounce anaphor (audio)
plural anaphors also anaphora ə-ˈna-f(ə-)rə How to pronounce anaphor (audio)
: a word or phrase with an anaphoric function

Word History

Etymology

back-formation from anaphoric

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anaphor was in 1971

Dictionary Entries Near anaphor

Cite this Entry

“Anaphor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anaphor. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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