Meaning of endocentric in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɛndəʊˈsɛntrɪk/


  • Denoting or being a construction in which the whole has the same syntactic function as the head, for example big black dogs.

    Contrasted with exocentric

    ‘Since the vast majority of English compounds are endocentric.’
    • ‘A useful distinction to be made is that between endocentric and exocentric compounds, the former showing a semantic head, which is not present in the latter.’