Definition of polysemous
: having multiple meanings
polysemyplay \pə-ˈli-sə-mē, ˈpä-lē-ˌsē-mē\ noun
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In one of the more extreme polysemous developments, a word can take on an opposite meaning, as dust (v.) can mean to clean up small particles (dust the furniture) or to apply small particles (dust the Bundt cake with powdered sugar).
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Origin and Etymology of polysemous
Late Latin polysemus, from Greek polysēmos, from poly- + sēma sign
First Known Use: 1884See Words from the same year
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