grammar

noun gram·mar \ ˈgra-mər \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of grammar

1 a : the study of the classes of words, their inflections (see inflection 3), and their functions and relations in the sentence
b : a study of what is to be preferred and what avoided in inflection (see inflection 3) and syntax (see syntax 1)
2 a : the characteristic system of inflections (see inflection 3) and syntax of a language
b : a system of rules that defines the grammatical structure of a language
3 a : a grammar textbook
b : speech or writing evaluated according to its conformity to grammatical rules
  • appalled at the bad grammar of college students
4 : the principles or rules of an art, science, or technique
  • a grammar of the theater
; also : a set of such principles or rules

grammarian

play \grə-ˈmer-ē-ən\ noun

Examples of grammar in a Sentence

  1. English grammar can be hard to master.

  2. comparing English and Japanese grammar

  3. comparing the grammars of English and Japanese

  4. “Him and I went” is bad grammar.

  5. I know some German, but my grammar isn't very good.

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Origin and Etymology of grammar

Middle English gramere, from Anglo-French gramaire, modification of Latin grammatica, from Greek grammatikē, from feminine of grammatikos of letters, from grammat-, gramma — more at gram

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GRAMMAR Defined for English Language Learners

grammar

noun

Definition of grammar for English Language Learners

  • : the set of rules that explain how words are used in a language

  • : speech or writing judged by how well it follows the rules of grammar

  • : a book that explains the grammar rules of a language


GRAMMAR Defined for Kids

grammar

noun gram·mar \ ˈgra-mər \

Definition of grammar for Students

1 : the rules of how words are used in a language
2 : speech or writing judged according to the rules of grammar


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