Definition of neologism
1 : a new word, usage, or expression technological neologisms
2 psychology : a new word that is coined especially by a person affected with schizophrenia and is meaningless except to the coiner, and is typically a combination of two existing words or a shortening or distortion of an existing word
neologisticplay \nē-ˌä-lə-ˈji-stik\ adjective
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Did You Know?
The English language is constantly picking up neologisms. Recently, for example, computer technology has added a number of new terms to the language. "Webinar," "malware," "netroots," and "blogosphere" are just a few examples of modern-day neologisms that have been integrated into American English. The word neologism was itself a brand-new coinage at the beginning of the 19th century, when English speakers first borrowed it from the French nèologisme. Its roots, however, are quite old. Ultimately, "neologism" comes from Greek neos (meaning "new") and "logos" (meaning "word").
Origin and Etymology of neologism
French néologisme, from ne- + log- + -isme -ism
First Known Use: 1772
NEOLOGISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of neologism for English Language Learners
: a new word or expression or a new meaning of a word
Medical Definition of neologism
: a new word that is coined especially by a person affected with schizophrenia, is meaningless except to the coiner, and is typically a combination of two existing words or a shortening or distortion of an existing word
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