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From Ancient Greek λεξικός (lexikós, of words), from λέξις (léxis, a saying, speech, word), from λέγειν (légein, to speak); synchronically, lexico- +‎ -logy.


lexicology (countable and uncountable, plural lexicologies)

  1. (uncountable, linguistics) The part of linguistics that studies words, their nature and meaning, words' elements, relations between words including semantic relations, words groups and the whole lexicon.
    • 1949 Journal of Theological Studies
      The fifth is devoted to doctrine; the sixth and seventh to remarks on syntax and lexicology respectively.
  2. (countable) A specific theory concerning the lexicon.

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