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



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