noun \ˈwərd\

: a sound or combination of sounds that has a meaning and is spoken or written

: a brief remark or conversation : something that a person says

: an order or command

Full Definition of WORD

a :  something that is said
b plural
(1) :  talk, discourse <putting one's feelings into words> (2) :  the text of a vocal musical composition
c :  a brief remark or conversation <would like to have a word with you>
a (1) :  a speech sound or series of speech sounds that symbolizes and communicates a meaning usually without being divisible into smaller units capable of independent use (2) :  the entire set of linguistic forms produced by combining a single base with various inflectional elements without change in the part of speech elements
b (1) :  a written or printed character or combination of characters representing a spoken word <the number of words to a line> —sometimes used with the first letter of a real or pretended taboo word prefixed as an often humorous euphemism <the first man to utter the f word on British TV — Time> <we were not afraid to use the d word and talk about death — Erma Bombeck>
(2) :  any segment of written or printed discourse ordinarily appearing between spaces or between a space and a punctuation mark
c :  a number of bytes processed as a unit and conveying a quantum of information in communication and computer work
:  order, command <don't move till I give the word>
often capitalized
a :  logos
b :  gospel 1a
c :  the expressed or manifested mind and will of God
a :  news, information <sent word that he would be late>
b :  rumor
:  the act of speaking or of making verbal communication
:  promise, declaration <kept her word>
:  a quarrelsome utterance or conversation —usually used in plural <they had words and parted>
:  a verbal signal :  password
slang —used interjectionally to express agreement
good word
:  a favorable statement <put in a good word for me>
:  good news <what's the good word>
in a word
:  in short
in so many words
:  in exactly those terms <implied that such actions were criminal but did not say so in so many words>
:  in plain forthright language <in so many words, she wasn't fit to be seen — Jean Stafford>
of few words
:  not inclined to say more than is necessary :  laconic <a man of few words>
of one's word
:  that can be relied on to keep a promise —used only after man or woman <a man of his word>
upon my word
:  with my assurance :  indeed, assuredly <upon my word, I've never heard of such a thing>

Examples of WORD

  1. How do you spell that word?
  2. Please is a useful word.
  3. Our teacher often used words I didn't know.
  4. What is the French word for car?
  5. Describe the experience in your own words.
  6. The lawyer used Joe's words against him.
  7. She gave the word to begin.
  8. We will wait for your word before we serve dinner.

Origin of WORD

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German wort word, Latin verbum, Greek eirein to say, speak, Hittite weriya- to call, name
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

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

Rhymes with WORD



: to say (something) in a particular way by choosing which words to use

Full Definition of WORD

intransitive verb
:  speak
transitive verb
:  to express in words :  phrase <a carefully worded reply>

Examples of WORD

  1. Could we word the headline differently?
  2. <tried to word the declaration exactly right>

First Known Use of WORD

13th century


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