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



    BrE BrE//ˈlemə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlemə//
    (pl. lemmas, lemmata
    BrE BrE//ˈlemətə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlemətə//
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  1. 1(specialist) a statement that is assumed to be true in order to test the truth of another statement
  2. 2 (linguistics) the basic form of a word, for example the singular form of a noun or the infinitive form of a verb, as it is shown at the beginning of a dictionary entry
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek lēmma ‘something assumed’; related to lambanein ‘take’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lemma