lexicalization

noun
lex·i·cal·i·za·tion | \ ˌlek-si-kə-lə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of lexicalization 

1 : the realization of a meaning in a single word or morpheme rather than in a grammatical construction

2 : the treatment of a formerly freely composed, grammatically regular, and semantically transparent phrase or inflected form as a formally or semantically idiomatic expression

Other words from lexicalization

lexicalize \ˈlek-si-kə-ˌlīz \ transitive verb

First Known Use of lexicalization

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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