Monosemy is a very restricted type of linguistic word play as there is only one word and that one word has only one meaning. And obviously, it’s pronounced the same…*eye roll*…
If you break monosemy apart:
Mono- means one
-seme is from sēma and means sign
When a word has just one meaning, it’s completely clear and unambiguous — monosemic. While there are a number of everyday sort of words that are monosemous, most of them are scientific or technical terms, which tend to remain monosemous simply because they are confined to a particular field.
The polysemous words, the opposite of monosemy, are much more common in English.
Grammar Explanations is…
…an evolving list of the structural rules and principles that determines where words are placed in phrases or sentences as well as how the language is spoken. Sometimes I run across an example that helps explain better or another “also known as”. Heck, there’s always a better way to explain it, so if it makes quicker and/or better sense, I would appreciate suggestions and comments from anyone on an area of grammar with which you struggle or on which you can contribute more understanding.
|Credit to: UC-Santa Barbara; Vocabulary.com|
|Part of Speech: Semantics, Word Play, Figure of Speech|
|Definition: A word or phrase that has but one meaning and there is no question as to what is meant.|
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