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

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

Audio Pronunciation: (mor·pheme)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: morphemes
  •  Morphemes are compared and contrasted with phonemes.
  • Linguistics (adverb) morphemically (adjective) study morphemic or (adjective) morphematic parts of words

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