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

 

clitic

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈklɪtɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɪtɪk//
 
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a word that is not stressed and usually only occurs in combination with another word, for example ‘m’ in ‘I’m’ compare enclitic, proclitic Word Origin 1940s: from (en)clitic and (pro)clitic.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: clitic