pol·y·se·my [pol-ee-see-mee, puh-lis-uh-mee]

1. (semantics) the ability for a word or phrase to have multiple meanings.


1895-1900; < New Latin polysēmia, equivalent to Late Latin polysēm (us) with many significations (< Greek polýsēmos, equivalent to poly- poly- + sêm (a) sign + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -y3

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