noun \ˈklz\

grammar : a part of a sentence that has its own subject and verb

: a separate part of a legal document

Full Definition of CLAUSE

:  a group of words containing a subject and predicate and functioning as a member of a complex or compound sentence
:  a separate section of a discourse or writing; specifically :  a distinct article in a formal document

Examples of CLAUSE

  1. The sentence When it rained they went inside consists of two clauses: when it rained and they went inside.
  2. a clause in a will

Origin of CLAUSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin clausa close of a rhetorical period, from Latin, feminine of clausus, past participle of claudere to close — more at close
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

Rhymes with CLAUSE


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