Definition of hypernym in English:



  • A word with a broad meaning that more specific words fall under; a superordinate. For example, color is a hypernym of red.

    Contrasted with hyponym
    • ‘If you are using the WordNet package, you should be using program code to do recursive accesses into the data tables, descending down the hypernym tree.’
    • ‘We evaluate the various approaches comparing their hypernym suggestion with the Dutch part of EuroWordNet.’
    • ‘In fact, adding proper hypernyms to a synset can dramatically increase the inherited properties of that synset.’
    • ‘The WordNet online interface lets you browse the synonyms and hypernyms (X is a hypernym of Y if Y is a type of X) of far too many words.’
    • ‘This was done to handle senses that WordNet defines as hypernyms of themselves - either directly or indirectly.’


1970s: from hyper- beyond on the pattern of hyponym.