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



BrE BrE//ˈzjuːɡ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzuːɡ//
[countable, uncountable] (specialist) Linguistic devices
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the use of a word which must be understood in two different ways at the same time in order to make sense, for example ‘The bread was baking, and so was I’. See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Originlate Middle English: via Latin from Greek, from zeugnunai ‘to yoke’; related to zugon ‘yoke’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: zeugma