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

 

holophrasis

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌhɒləˈfreɪsɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//həˈlɑːfrəsɪs//
 
[uncountable](linguistics) Linguistic devices
 
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the expression of a whole idea in a single word, for example a baby saying ‘up’ for ‘I want you to pick me up’ See related entries: Linguistic devices
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: holophrasis