lex·​i·​col·​o·​gy ˌlek-sə-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce lexicology (audio)
: a branch of linguistics concerned with the signification and application of words
lexicological adjective
lexicologist noun

Word History


French lexicologie, from lexico- (from Late Greek lexiko-, from lexikon) + -logie -logy

First Known Use

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lexicology was circa 1828

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“Lexicology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lexicology. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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