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

Word History

First Known Use

1517, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of part of speech was in 1517

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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 3 Dec. 2022.

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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