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



BrE BrE//ˈpliːənæzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpliːənæzəm//
[uncountable, countable] (specialist) Linguistic devices
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the use of more words than are necessary to express a meaning. For example, ‘see with your eyes’ is a pleonasm because the same meaning can be expressed using ‘see’. See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Originmid 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek pleonasmos, from pleonazein ‘be superfluous’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pleonasm