hapax legomenon

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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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