See also: Lexis
- (linguistics) The set of all words and phrases in a language; any unified subset of words from a particular language.
- 2018, James Lambert, “Anglo-Indian slang in dictionaries on historical principles”, in World Englishes, volume 37, page 249:
- Thus, alongside current lexis, words and senses now obsolete find a place in a dictionary on historical principles.
- (pedagogy, TEFL) Words, collocations, and common phrases in a language; vocabulary and word combinations.
- 2014, Paul Lindsay, Teaching English Worldwide, page 346:
- By the 1980s, English language teachers generally had begun to realize that there had been a neglect of lexis in teaching methods and coursebooks. […] The basic truth that without vocabulary or lexis we can't express anything had to be restated and a new approach to teaching lexis was needed.
- The vocabulary used by a writer
- In this broadsheet newspaper, the reporter uses a complicated and formal lexis which I find hard to understand.
- “lexis” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]
- a word
Note: The plural form is also spelled λέξεις (léxeis).
- lexis in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- lexis in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- lexis in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
- lexis in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin