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



BrE BrE//ˈmɔːfiːm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrfiːm//
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the smallest unit of meaning that a word can be divided into The word ‘like’ contains one morpheme but ‘un-like-ly’ contains three. See related entries: Grammar Word Originlate 19th cent.: from French morphème, from Greek morphē ‘form’, on the pattern of French phonème ‘phoneme’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: morpheme