univerbation

noun
uni·​ver·​ba·​tion | \ ˌyü-ni-vər-ˈbā-shən How to pronounce univerbation (audio) \

Definition of univerbation

: the process by which a fixed collocation of words becomes a single word (such as the verb atone from the phrase at one, or the adjective dyed-in-the-wool from the phrase dyed in the wool)

First Known Use of univerbation

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for univerbation

probably borrowed from French, from uni- uni- + Latin verbum "word" + French -ation -ation — more at word entry 1

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27 Apr 2020

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“Univerbation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/univerbation. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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