Definition of polyseme in English:

polyseme

Pronunciation /ˈpɒliˌsiːm/

noun

Linguistics
  • A word or lexical unit that has several or multiple meanings.

    Polysemes are usually considered to have several related meanings, and are thus distinguished from homonyms, words which share the same spelling but have unrelated origins and meanings.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in Transactions of the Philological Society. From poly- + seme, after polysemy, polysemia.