phra·​se·​ol·​o·​gy ˌfrā-zē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce phraseology (audio)
plural phraseologies
: a manner of organizing words and phrases into longer elements : style
: choice of words

Example Sentences

I recognized the writer's distinctive phraseology even before I saw the name. the unique phraseology of the suspect's answer stuck in my mind
Recent Examples on the Web It’s all cloaked in the phraseology of being true to the faith. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 If a creator doesn’t respond, or doesn’t respond fast enough, he or she is labeled a gatekeeper (for those not fluent in TikTok phraseology, this is not a compliment). Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2023 To commission a gravestone in proper Roman style, with good syntax and phraseology, was proof that her family had ‘made it’ in Londinium. Rachel Ashcroft, Longreads, 17 Sep. 2022 This happens when speakers use local phraseology and native jokes. Roman Kumar Vyas, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 Despite that bobble, Maxwell’s intent with this delicate phraseology is clear: Post-conviction, Ghislaine Maxwell is now in the process of presenting herself as yet another victim of Jeffrey Epstein. Guy Martin, Forbes, 30 June 2022 Dewey’s philosophy was one of communitarian liberalism (in Sandel’s seemingly paradoxical phraseology), and at its core was the institution of the public school and the process of education for citizenship and democracy. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 20 May 2022 Abercrombie & Fitch usually couched their racist practices in vague phraseology. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Apr. 2022 The British accents and phraseology are an important part of the case, though, as prosecutors seek to prove that Elsheikh is indeed one of the Beatles who tortured hostages, even though the Beatles took great pains to conceal their faces. CBS News, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin phraseologia, irregular from Greek phrasis + -logia -logy

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of phraseology was in 1604

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“Phraseology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: manner of speaking and writing : style
: choice of words
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