Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The branch of linguistics that deals with the lexical component of language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. (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.
  • n. A specific theory concerning the lexicon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science of the derivation and signification of words; that branch of learning which treats of the signification and application of words.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of words; that branch of learning which treats of the forms, derivation, signification, and relations of words.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of linguistics that studies the lexical component of language

Etymologies

lexico(n) + -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek λεξικός (lexikos, "of words"), from λέξις (lexis, "a saying, speech, word"), from λέγειν (legein, "to speak") + -logy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Packers lexicology -- using your best Pittsburgh/Wisconsin accents.

    Packer vs. Steeler speak: How to talk Super Bowl

  • "Michael Adams, a professor at North Carolina State university who specializes in lexicology, said 'truthiness' means 'truthy, not facty.'"

    Adam Green: Truthiness: Colbert Was Robbed!

  • Allah hath bounteously bestowed on thee a Barber who is an astrologer, one learned in alchemy and white magic; 612 syntax, grammar, and lexicology; the arts of logic, rhetoric and elocution; mathematics, arithmetic and algebra; astronomy, astromancy and geometry; theology, the

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Maverannahr scholars made a great contribution to Arabic language dissemination, its analysis and Arabic literature development, which is proved by Mahmud Zamakhshari's works, including dozens of scientific papers, fiction, didactic treatises, the works on Arabic morphology, syntax, phonetics and lexicology.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • That is one of the driving forces behind lexicology, and why it is so important: it helps us manage vocabulary change.

    On complaining about the tide coming in

  • Michael Adams, a professor at North Carolina State University who specializes in lexicology, said "truthiness" means "truthy, not facty."

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • As a writer and thus a "words" person (fuggedabout numbers!!), I love lexicology.

    Mexican Idioms?

  • When, oh mighty Lords of lexicology, will Master Languagehat turn his gaze upon Mobilian?

    languagehat.com: ANYONE FOR SALISHAN?

  • I own and have read scores of monographs on lexicography, lexicographers, and lexicology.

    languagehat.com: MORE BAD WRITING.

  • Withal it was widely characterized not only by a lack of education in its ministry, but by a violent and brutal opposition to a learned clergy, which was particularly strange in a party the moiety of whose principles depends on a point in Greek lexicology.

    A History of American Christianity

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