hapax legomenon


ha·​pax le·​go·​me·​non ˌha-ˌpaks-li-ˈgä-mə-ˌnän How to pronounce hapax legomenon (audio)
plural hapax legomena ˌha-ˌpaks-li-ˈgä-mə-nə How to pronounce hapax legomenon (audio)
: a word or form occurring only once in a document or corpus

Word History


Greek, something said only once

First Known Use

1692, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hapax legomenon was in 1692

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Cite this Entry

“Hapax legomenon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hapax%20legomenon. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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