part of speech

noun phrase

Definition of part of speech

: 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

First Known Use of part of speech

1517, in the meaning defined above

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“Part of speech.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/part%20of%20speech. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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part of speech

noun

English Language Learners Definition of part of speech

: a class of words (such as adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs, etc.) that are identified according to the kinds of ideas they express and the way they work in a sentence

part of speech

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Kids Definition of 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 work they do in a sentence

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