Definition of lexical
lexicalityplay \ˌlek-sə-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun
lexicallyplay \ˈlek-si-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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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
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What happens when 334 linguists, lexicographers, grammarians and etymologists gather in a stuffy lecture hall on a Friday night to debate the lexical trends of the year?
Or emoji might be a lexical fad, here for now but gone as soon as this wave of digital natives hands control of the global village over to the next generation.
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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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