follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

hapax legomenon

[hap-aks li-gom-uh-non, hey-paks] /ˈhæp æks lɪˈgɒm əˌnɒn, ˈheɪ pæks/
noun, plural hapax legomena
[hap-aks li-gom-uh-nuh, hey-paks] /ˈhæp æks lɪˈgɒm ə nə, ˈheɪ pæks/ (Show IPA)
1.
a word or phrase that appears only once in a manuscript, document, or particular area of literature.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Greek hápax legómenon (thing) once said
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for hapax legomena

hapax legomenon

/ˈhæpæks ləˈɡɒmɪˌnɒn/
noun (pl) hapax legomena (ləˈɡɒmɪnə)
1.
another term for nonce word
Word Origin
Greek: thing said only once
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for hapax legomena

hapax legomenon

n.

(plural legomena), "word occurring only once," Greek, literally "once said," from hapax "once" + legomenon, neuter passive present participle of legein "to say."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for hapax legomenon

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hapax

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for hapax legomena