deixis

noun
deix·​is | \ ˈdīk-sis How to pronounce deixis (audio) also ˈdāk- \
plural deixes\ ˈdīk-​ˌsēz How to pronounce deixis (audio) also  ˈdāk-​ \

Definition of deixis

: the pointing or specifying function of some words (such as definite articles and demonstrative pronouns) whose denotation changes from one discourse to another

First Known Use of deixis

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deixis

Greek, literally, display, from deiknynai to show — more at diction

Learn More About deixis

Dictionary Entries Near deixis

deity

deixis

déjà vu

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for deixis

Cite this Entry

“Deixis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deixis. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!