Polysyllable Pol"y*syl`la*ble, n. [Poly- + syllable.] A word of many syllables, or consisting of more syllables than three; -- words of less than four syllables being called {monosyllables}, {dissyllables}, and {trisyllables}. [1913 Webster]

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  • polysyllable — [päl′i sil΄ə bəl] n. [ML polysyllaba < polysyllabus: see POLYSYLLABIC] a polysyllabic word …   English World dictionary

  • polysyllable — UK [ˈpɒlɪˌsɪləb(ə)l] / US [ˈpɑlɪˌsɪləb(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms polysyllable : singular polysyllable plural polysyllables linguistics a word that has more than two syllables Derived word: polysyllabic UK [ˌpɒlɪsɪˈlæbɪk] / US… …   English dictionary

  • polysyllable — polysyllabic ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having more than one syllable. DERIVATIVES polysyllable noun …   English terms dictionary

  • polysyllable — noun Etymology: modification of Medieval Latin polysyllaba, from feminine of polysyllabus Date: 1570 a polysyllabic word …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polysyllable — См. polisìllabo …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • polysyllable — /pol ee sil euh beuhl, pol ee sil /, n. a polysyllabic word. [1560 70; POLY + SYLLABLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • polysyllable — noun A word with more than two syllables. Sometimes used in a more restricted sense. See Also: polysyllabic, polysyllabicism, polysyllabicity, polysyllabism …   Wiktionary

  • polysyllable — Synonyms and related words: antonym, articulation, expression, free form, grandiloquence, hard word, homograph, homonym, homophone, jawbreaker, lexeme, lexiphanicism, linguistic form, locution, logos, long word, metonym, minimum free form,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • polysyllable — pol|y|syl|la|ble [ pali,sıləbl ] noun count LINGUISTICS a word that has more than two SYLLABLES ╾ pol|y|syl|lab|ic [ ,palisı læbık ] adjective …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • polysyllable — pÉ‘lɪ sɪlÉ™bl / pÉ’lɪsɪlÉ™bl n. word of more than one syllable …   English contemporary dictionary

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