Main definitions of seme in English

: seme1semé2

seme1

noun

  • another term for semanteme
    • ‘Semic analysis is an operation readers perform unconsciously when they identify in a text verbal derivations from a key word's semantic features, the semes.’
    • ‘Bodies in motion, or why semes are more interesting than memes.’
    • ‘As we know, any word corresponds to a sememe, a set of distinctive semantic features, the semes, whose relationships determine that word's meaning (for example, the semes human and female are components of the sememe woman).’
    • ‘The seme of indebtedness attaches itself definitively to Peter in the board meeting where George is obliged to come to his defence.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek sēma ‘sign’.

Pronunciation

seme

/siːm/

Main definitions of seme in English

: seme1semé2

semé2

(also semée)

Pronunciation /ˈsɛmi//ˈsɛmeɪ/

adjective

Heraldry
  • Covered with small bearings of indefinite number (e.g. stars, fleurs-de-lis) arranged all over the field.

    ‘semé of crosses flory’
    • ‘When the number of charges exceeds six, they produce the appearance of a pattern and the field thus covered is called semé (sowing) or said to be powdered.’
    • ‘As a result the municipality received on 10 Apr 1986 a new Coat of Arms: blue with a semé of silver blocks and charged with a lion rampant armed red, surmontée a yellow crown of three leaves and two pearls.’

Origin

Late Middle English: French, literally ‘sown’, past participle of semer.

Pronunciation

semé

/ˈsɛmi//ˈsɛmeɪ/