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Semantic Narrowing

  • Definition: Meaning shift in which words come to refer to a less general class of items than previously. For example, girl could once be used to refer to a young child of either sex; deer was once used to refer to all animals but now refers only to one specific type of animal.

    Source: American English, second edition by Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes

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