function word


: a word (such as a preposition, auxiliary verb, or conjunction) that expresses primarily a grammatical relationship

Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of function word was in 1927

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Cite this Entry

“Function word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

function word

: a word (as a preposition, helping verb, or conjunction) expressing primarily grammatical relationship
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