part of speech

noun phrase

: a traditional class of words (such as adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs) distinguished according to the kind of idea denoted and the function performed in a sentence

Examples of part of speech in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nature is the parts of speech, having learned them, and having forgotten them. Diane Seuss, The Atlantic, 20 Mar. 2024 Spellers can ask what part of speech the word is, and about its definition, alternate pronunciations, and language of origin. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 May 2023 But in Great Andamanese such descriptions take an extreme form, with morphemes, or meaningful sound segments, that designate different zones of the body getting attached to nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs—indeed, to every part of speech—to make diverse meanings. Anvita Abbi, Scientific American, 16 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1517, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Part of speech.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/part%20of%20speech. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

part of speech

: a class of words (as adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, interjections, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, or verbs) identified according to the kinds of ideas they express and the way they work in a sentence

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