- The definition of a clause is a part of a sentence in grammar. It is also a specific portion of a bill or treaty.
- An example of a clause in the sentence "There are many people in the US; all of them are free is "there are many people in the US."
- An example of a clause is the portion of Title VII that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender or nationality.
- Gram. a group of words containing a subject and a finite verb, usually forming part of a compound or complex sentence: clauses may be joined by parataxis (The house is secluded; you will like it), by modified parataxis (The house is secluded, and you will like it), and by hypotaxis (Because the house is secluded, you will like it)
- a particular article, stipulation, or provision in a formal or legal document
Origin of clauseOld French ; from Medieval Latin clausa, for Classical Latin clausula, a closing (in legal use, section or clause) ; from clausus, past participle of claudere, to close
- Grammar A group of words containing a subject and a predicate and forming part of a compound or complex sentence.
- A distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document.
Origin of clauseMiddle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin clausa, close of a rhetorical period, from feminine of Latin clausus, past participle of claudere, to close.
- (grammar, informal) A group of two or more words which include a subject and any necessary predicate (the predicate also includes a verb, conjunction, or a preposition) to begin the clause; however, this clause is not considered a sentence for colloquial purposes.
- (grammar) A verb along with its subject and their modifiers. If a clause provides a complete thought on its own, then it is an independent (superordinate) clause; otherwise, it is (subordinate) dependent.
- (law) A separate part of a contract, a will or another legal document.
In When it got dark, they went back into the house, “When it got dark” is a dependent clause within the complete sentence. The independent clause "they went back into the house" could stand alone as a sentence, whereas the dependent clause could not.
(third-person singular simple present clauses, present participle clausing, simple past and past participle claused)
- (shipping) To amend (a bill of lading or similar document).