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Definition a list of words used in a particular subject area or known by an individual

More formally, lexicon may refer to a dictionary that attempts to accompany each head word with all the forms of the word used in a language. For example, a dictionary would usually list reading and reads with read, but a lexicon would also list readable, readability, and reader.
  • She speaks from the business, rather than the political, lexicon.
  • "Mortally: after all, it's tough work fagging away at a language with no master but a lexicon."
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I have counted scores of terms like that one in his lexicon, which was also the lexicon of pih.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • In Jason Bourne's lexicon these were weapons, especially the money.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Because someone might think you're racistCaucasian is the oppressor group," says Kim Sherman, quickly picking up the multicultural lexicon.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Certainly, it needs a definition, and should be incorporated into the Lexicon.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The Four Kingdoms of Blys, Jakarun, Zenuvia, and Dun had not only entered the lexicon, but had been woven into the fabric of daily life.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • No courses; looks up many things in Knaur's Encyclopedia and Lexicon; likes to read detective stories, medical books and love stories, exciting or trivial.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • There it was that he had grown up, on the missal and the lexicon.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • It may be that the term stuck, entered the language and the lexicon at that time.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • "A stunning blow from the big Greek lexicon, which an old fellow in a black gown fired at him," said Ned.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • If I were to make a record of all Sabina and Franz's conversations, I could compile a long lexicon of their misunderstandings.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • I was sorry, or what went for sorry in my lexicon.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • They are brutal, hardened; mercy is not in their lexicon.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • This was the outfit that introduced "gung ho!" into the American fighting lexicon.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Save that one for the Annie Wilkes lexicon in your memoirs , if you ever get a chance to write your memoirs, that is.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • He had been a sailor and a sinner (two terms that were synonymous in Momma's lexicon), a great blasphemer, a laugher in the face of the Almighty.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • She speaks the hard-edged lexicon of bygone tourists itchy to throw dice on green felt or asphalt.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • And, indeed, if that lexicon which is based on Holy Writ were any longer popular, one might with less difficulty define and denominate certain phenomenal men.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Whatever came out of the untutored mouths and unsharpened pencil stubs of the people—sorry, The People—was held legitimate if not sacrosanct by those new lexicon artists.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?

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