morpheme(redirected from Derivational morpheme)
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The smallest linguistic unit with a meaning.
[G. morphē, form + -eme, from phoneme, G. phēmē, utterance]
morphemeThe smallest semantically meaningful unit of a spoken language (words, prefixes or suffixes) that have discrete meanings. The formal study of morphemes is termed morphology.
The smallest meaningful grammatical unit in a language (e.g., the s in “beds”).See: phoneme