Definition of Grammar

1. Noun. The branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics).

Definition of Grammar

1. n. The science which treats of the principles of language; the study of forms of speech, and their relations to one another; the art concerned with the right use and application of the rules of a language, in speaking or writing.

2. v. i. To discourse according to the rules of grammar; to use grammar.

Definition of Grammar

1. Noun. A system of rules and principles for speaking and writing a language. ¹

2. Noun. (uncountable linguistics) The study of the internal structure of words (morphology) and the use of words in the construction of phrases and sentences (syntax). ¹

3. Noun. A book describing the rules of grammar of a language. ¹

4. Noun. (computing theory) A formal system specifying the syntax of a language. ¹

5. Noun. (computing theory) A formal system defining a formal language ¹

6. Noun. The basic rules or principles of a field of knowledge or a particular skill. ¹

7. Noun. (British archaic) a textbook. ¹

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Definition of Grammar

1. the study of the formal features of a language [n -S]

Medical Definition of Grammar

1. 1. The science which treats of the principles of language; the study of forms of speech, and their relations to one another; the art concerned with the right use aud application of the rules of a language, in speaking or writing. The whole fabric of grammar rests upon the classifying of words according to their function in the sentence. 2. The art of speaking or writing with correctness or according to established usage; speech considered with regard to the rules of a grammar. "The original bad grammar and bad spelling." (Macaulay) 3. A treatise on the principles of language; a book containing the principles and rules for correctness in speaking or writing. 4. Treatise on the elements or principles of any science; as, a grammar of geography. Comparative grammar, the science which determines the relations of kindred languages by examining and comparing their grammatical forms. Grammar school. A school, usually endowed, in which Latin and Greek grammar are taught, as also other studies preparatory to colleges or universities; as, the famous Rugby Grammar School. This use of the word is more common in England than in the United States. "When any town shall increase to the number of a hundred families or householders, they shall set up a grammar school, the master thereof being able to instruct youth so far as they may be fitted for the University." (Mass. Records (1647)) In the American system of graded common schools an intermediate grade between the primary school and the high school, in which the principles of English grammar are taught. Origin: OE. Gramere, OF. Gramaire, F. Grammaire Prob. Fr. L. Gramatica Gr, fem. Of skilled in grammar, fr. Letter. See Gramme, Graphic, and cf. Grammatical, Gramarye. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Grammar

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Literary usage of Grammar

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Public Education in Upper Canada by Herbert Thomas John Coleman (1907)
"The District grammar School Amendment Act, 1819; analysis of its ... The General Board of Education (1823-1833) in its relations to the grammar Schools. ..."

2. An English-Greek Lexicon: Containing All the Words in General Use with Their by Henry R. Hamilton (1877)
"7T^ CH grammar; with complete and concise ^v: on the Genders of French Nouns, ... 3** T.AN grammar ; arranged in Twenty Lessons, í£gi Course of Exercises, ..."

3. Treasury of Knowledge and Library of Reference by Samuel Maunder (1855)
"PREFACE TO grammar. THAT the an of speaking and writing well Is an ... And If there be authors who affect to despise the trammels of grammar rules, ..."

4. The Mother Tongue by Sarah Louise Arnold, George Lyman Kittredge, John Hays Gardiner (1901)
"grammar is the science which treats of the Forms and the Constructions of words. 6. The rules of grammar derive their authority from custom or usage. ..."

5. English Composition by Franklin Thomas Baker, Herbert Vaughan Abbott (1908)
"ENGLISH COMPOSITION CHAPTER I grammar AND COMPOSITION i. grammar. We may learn to speak and write well without knowing grammar. But very few of us do so; ..."

6. The Principles of Greek Art by Percy Gardner (1914)
"PRINCIPLES OF GREEK ART CHAPTER I THE grammar OF GREEK AHT JUST as the poetry and prose of the Greeks is expressed in a particular language, the words and ..."

7. First Year German by William Coe Collar (1905)
"It is for such pupils, and for those who need a rapid review of the elements of grammar, that the following compend has been written. ..."

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