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morpheme

Definition of Morpheme

(noun) The smallest meaningful linguistic unit in a language.

Example of Morpheme

  • Prefixes, stems, and suffixes. Such as in the word undefinable: “un-” (prefix), define (stem), and “-able” (suffix).

Morpheme Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: mor·pheme

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /mOR-feem/
  • British English – /mAWf-eem/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈmɔrˌfim/
  • British English – /ˈmɔːfiːm/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: morphemes
  • Morpheme is compared and contrasted with phoneme.
  • Linguistics (adverb) morphemically (adjective) study morphemic or (adjective) morphematic parts of words

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Cite the Definition of Morpheme

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “morpheme.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved July 3, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/morpheme/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

morpheme. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/morpheme/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “morpheme.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed July 3, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/morpheme/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“morpheme.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 3 Jul. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/morpheme/>.