grammar

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noun gram·mar \ˈgra-mər\

Definition of grammar

  1. 1a :  the study of the classes of words, their inflections (see inflection 3), and their functions and relations in the sentenceb :  a study of what is to be preferred and what avoided in inflection (see inflection 3) and syntax (see syntax 1)

  2. 2a :  the characteristic system of inflections (see inflection 3) and syntax of a languageb :  a system of rules that defines the grammatical structure of a language

  3. 3a :  a grammar textbookb :  speech or writing evaluated according to its conformity to grammatical rules appalled at the bad grammar of college students

  4. 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.

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


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms



GRAMMAR Defined for English Language Learners

grammar

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noun gram·mar \ˈgra-mər\

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

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noun gram·mar \ˈgra-mər\

Definition of grammar for Students

  1. 1 :  the rules of how words are used in a language

  2. 2 :  speech or writing judged according to the rules of grammar



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