lexical

play
adjective lex·i·cal \ˈlek-si-kəl\

Definition of lexical

  1. 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.>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to a lexicon or to lexicography <lexical methods aim to list all the relevant forms — A. F. Parker-Rhodes>

lexicality

play \ˌlek-sə-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun

lexically

play \ˈlek-si-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of lexical in a sentence

  1. <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

see lexicon


First Known Use: 1836

Other Language Terms


LEXICAL Defined for English Language Learners

lexical

play
adjective lex·i·cal \ˈlek-si-kəl\

Definition of lexical for English Language Learners

  • linguistics : relating to words or vocabulary



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up lexical? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to give authoritative approval to

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ