1. [syn: citation form, main entry word, entry word]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
main entry word \main entry word\ n.
The form of a word that heads a lexical entry and is
alphabetized in a dictionary; also called entry word,
headword, and lemma.
Syn: citation form, entry word, headword, lemma.
Note: In different languages, different wordforms, such as
cases for verbs, may be taken as the main entry word.
In English dictionaries, it is the infinitive form, but
in latin dictionaries it is usually the first person
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
main entry word
n 1: the form of a word that heads a lexical entry and is
alphabetized in a dictionary [syn: citation form, main
entry word, entry word]