Definition of sememe in English:

sememe

noun

Linguistics
  • The unit of meaning carried by a morpheme.

    Compare with semanteme
    • ‘Because actualization is always possible, a sememe can be seen as an inchoate or future text, and a story as an expanded sememe in which a temporal dimension has been added to spatial syntagms.’
    • ‘If Hitchens were to read this, his ears would bleed at the sememe carried in ‘untrue’.’
    • ‘They determine its generative power, for the sememe can be regarded as an inchoate text and, conversely, a narrative best defined as an expanded sememe to which a time dimension has been added.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from seme + -eme.

Pronunciation:

sememe

/ˈsɛmiːm//ˈsiːmiːm/