Meaning of morpheme

mor•pheme

Pronunciation: (môr'fēm), [key]
— n. Ling.
  1. any of the minimal grammatical units of a language, each constituting a word or meaningful part of a word, that cannot be divided into smaller independent grammatical parts, as the, write, or the -ed of waited. Cf.(def. 2),(def. 1).
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