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


back-formation from anaphoric

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anaphor was in 1971

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Cite this Entry

“Anaphor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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