coordinating conjunction

noun

: a conjunction (such as and or or) that joins together words or word groups of equal grammatical rank

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In these cases, a little knowledge about coordinating conjunctions can be dangerous. June Casagrande, Burbank Leader, 26 Sep. 2019 But there’s another coordinating conjunction that causes even more subject-verb-agreement problems: or. June Casagrande, Burbank Leader, 26 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of coordinating conjunction was in 1916

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“Coordinating conjunction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coordinating%20conjunction. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

coordinating conjunction

noun
: a conjunction (as and, or, or but) that joins together words or word groups of the same grammatical importance
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