Definition of lexical
1 : of or relating to words or the vocabulary of a language as distinguished from its grammar and construction <Our language has many lexical borrowings from other languages.>
lexicalityplay \ˌlek-sə-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun
lexicallyplay \ˈlek-si-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of lexical in a sentence
<a dictionary provides lexical information—it tells you what the word “cat” means, not all there is to know about cats>
Did You Know?
The word lexicon can be used as a synonym of dictionary, and the word lexicography refers to the practice of dictionary making. Both of these words, as well as lexical, derive from the Greek word lexis, meaning "word" or "speech." A fourth descendant of lexis is lexiphanic, an archaic adjective describing one who uses pretentious words for effect. Lexis should not be confused with the Latin lex, or "law," which is used in legal phrases such as lex non scripta, meaning "unwritten law."
Origin and Etymology of lexical
First Known Use: 1836
LEXICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lexical for English Language Learners
linguistics : relating to words or vocabulary
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