There are several words for types of words. For example, a "synonym" is a word for words with similar meanings, "demonym" is the word for a word describing a resident of an area, and "noun" is the word for a word for a thing.

Just out of curiosity, is there a word for these words?

  • @ermanen That's not what I mean. I'm referring to words that reference words of a specific purpose. EDIT: The closest thing I can think of is "parts of speech", but that's not quite the same thing.
    – aebabis
    Nov 13 '14 at 16:11
  • You might be looking for hypernym.
    – Andrew Leach
    Nov 13 '14 at 16:13
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    There's the recently (?) coined term "nymonym", as seen here, but it's not listed in a dictionary.
    – Hellion
    Nov 13 '14 at 16:14
  • You seem to be looking for a word that means a word-describing noun, and there's no such thing in English. The nymonym in Hellion's comment is probably the closest you can get, though even that doesn't cover everything
    – blgt
    Nov 13 '14 at 18:18
  • @blgt I was beginning to think nymonym was the answer. Can you explain what you mean by "doesn't cover everything?"
    – aebabis
    Nov 13 '14 at 18:24

The neologistic nymonym has been used in what I believe is exactly the sense you are seeking, at StartWright.com. It has not yet made it into any dictionaries that I can find, but its meaning is readily derivable: since nym is the root for "word" a nymonym is therefore a "word word", or a word about words.


You could probably use the term meta when describing it.



In lingustics, it is Lexis

A lexis (from the Greek: λέξις "word") is the total word-stock or lexicon having items of lexical

Please check this and this


I would vote for "Wordsense - it's like commonsense, but dealing with semantics....?

Go to: The 5 W's: http://m-howell.com/wordpress/ for more information.

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    Please don't suggest neologisms. Nov 14 '14 at 9:12
  • @MattЭллен The most upvoted answer is a neologism. What if there isn't a good answer that isn't a neologism?
    – aebabis
    Nov 14 '14 at 17:22
  • The most upvoted answer is a word that's already in use but hasn't yet featured in a dictionary. It's not quite the same. If there isn't a good answer that isn't a neologism, then maybe the question doesn't have a single word answer. Nov 14 '14 at 17:43

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