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Definition of Semantics

(noun) The study of the meaning of words.

Example of Semantics

  • Studying the role of gender in words that have a negative connotation.

Semantics Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /səˈmæn(t)ɪks/
    • British English
      • /sᵻˈmantɪks/
  • Syllabification: (se·man·tics)

Usage Notes

  • Semantics is considered a subfield of linguistics by some and a separate field by others.
  • Not to be confused with syntax, which relates to structure not meaning.
  • A (noun) semanticist or (noun) semantician studies (adjective) semantic topics.

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Cite the Definition of Semantics

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “semantics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 13, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/semantics/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “semantics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 13, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/semantics/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“semantics.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 13 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/semantics/>.