A fundamental unit of a writing system, corresponding to (for example) letters in the English alphabet or jamo in Korean Hangeul.
(linguistic morphology) The smallest linguistic unit within a word that can carry a meaning, such as "un-", "break", and "-able" in the word "unbreakable".
‘The word pigs consists of two morphemes: pig (a particular animal) and s (indication of the plural).’; ‘The word werewolves consists of three morphemes: were (~ man), wolf (a particular animal), es (plural)’; ‘The word feet consists of two morphemes: foot (a body part) and i-mutation (plural)’;
In alphabetic writing, the shortest group of letters composing a phoneme.
The smallest unit of meaning of a language, which cannot be divided into smaller parts carrying meaning; it is usually smaller than a single wordform, such as the -ed morpheme of verbs in the past tense or the -s morpheme of nouns in the plural form.
a written symbol that is used to represent speech.
minimal meaningful language unit; it cannot be divided into smaller meaningful units
a written symbol that is used to represent speech;
‘the Greek alphabet has 24 characters’;
A morpheme is the smallest meaningful lexical item in a language. A morpheme is not necessarily the same as a word.
In linguistics, a grapheme is the smallest functional unit of a writing system.There are two main opposing grapheme concepts. In the so-called referential conception, graphemes are interpreted as the smallest units of writing that correspond with sounds (more accurately phonemes).