function word

noun

Definition of function word

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

First Known Use of function word

1927

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function word

Definition of function word for English Language Learners

  • linguistics : a word (such as a preposition or a conjunction) that is used mainly to show grammatical relationships between other words


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