phra·​se·​ol·​o·​gy | \ˌfrā-zē-ˈä-lə-jē, frā-ˈzä-\
plural phraseologies

Definition of phraseology 

1 : a manner of organizing words and phrases into longer elements : style

2 : choice of words

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for phraseology


fashion, locution, manner, mode, style, tone, vein

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of phraseology in a Sentence

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

His expletive phraseology is particularly entertaining — original and hysterical. Matthew Gilbert,, "David Simon versus Twitter," 24 June 2018 After they're seated, Brock gently coaches Bourdain on the intricacies of Waffle House hash brown phraseology. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Watch Anthony Bourdain's First Meal at Waffle House: "It Is Indeed Marvelous"," 13 June 2018 Now the latest market froth is contributing its own colorful phraseology. Dan Beucke,, "Hello, inflation, my old friend. What you need to know about financial markets today," 14 Feb. 2018 After promising to create the images, Rockwell faced the difficult task of transforming governmental phraseology into evocative tableaux on canvas. Alice George, Smithsonian, "Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms Brought the Ideals of America to Life," 5 Feb. 2018 Rabbi David Tzvi Hoffman points out that these two sections open and close with similar phraseology setting them off as distinct units. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Weiss: The nature and structure of the book of Devarim," 24 July 2017 On numerous occasions, China’s President has used almost the same phraseology. Hannah Beech, The New Yorker, "Rex Tillerson’s Deferential Visit to China," 21 Mar. 2017 But experts cringed, seeing the phraseology as ignorant bullying that, for a few seconds of nationalistic joy, raised the danger level. Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek, "How Donald Trump Is Fueling ISIS," 27 Feb. 2017 The video showed that even when out of character, Spicer knows how to attack a questioner in Trumpian phraseology.,, "Sean Spicer’s Agony Will Never End—to His Boss’s Delight," 14 Mar. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'phraseology.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of phraseology

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phraseology

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about phraseology

Share phraseology

Statistics for phraseology

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for phraseology

The first known use of phraseology was in 1604

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for phraseology



English Language Learners Definition of phraseology

: the way that a particular person or group uses words

More from Merriam-Webster on phraseology

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with phraseology

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for phraseology

Comments on phraseology

What made you want to look up phraseology? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a nest or breeding place

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!