Definition of deixis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdeɪksɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdeɪksɪs//
; BrE BrE//ˈdaɪksɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaɪksɪs//
[uncountable] (linguistics)
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the function or use of deictic words or expressions (= ones whose meaning depends on where, when or by whom they are used) Word Origin1940s: from Greek, literally ‘reference’, from deiknunai ‘to show’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: deixis