- The definition of grammar is the study of the way words are used to make sentences.
An example of grammar is how commas and semicolons are supposed to be used.
grammar definition by Webster's New World
- that part of the study of language which deals with the forms and structure of words (morphology), with their customary arrangement in phrases and sentences (syntax), and now often with language sounds (phonology) and word meanings (semantics)
- the system of a given language at a given time
- a body of rules imposed on a given language for speaking and writing it, based on the study of its grammar (sense ) or on some adaptation of another, esp. Latin, grammar
- a book or treatise on grammar
- one's manner of speaking or writing as judged by prescriptive grammatical rules: his grammar was poor
- the elementary principles of a field of knowledge
- a book or treatise on these
Origin: Middle English gramer ; from Old French gramaire ; from Classical Latin grammatica (ars, art) ; from Classical Greek grammatikē (technē, art), grammar, learning ; from gramma, something written (see gram): in Classical Latin and amp; Classical Greek a term for the whole apparatus of literary study: in the medieval period, specifically , “the study of Latin,” hence “all learning as recorded in Latin” (cf. grammar school in British usage), and “the occult sciences as associated, association with this learning”: see gramarye, glamour
grammar definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The study of how words and their component parts combine to form sentences.b. The study of structural relationships in language or in a language, sometimes including pronunciation, meaning, and linguistic history.
- a. The system of inflections, syntax, and word formation of a language.b. The system of rules implicit in a language, viewed as a mechanism for generating all sentences possible in that language.
- a. A normative or prescriptive set of rules setting forth the current standard of usage for pedagogical or reference purposes.b. Writing or speech judged with regard to such a set of rules.
- A book containing the morphologic, syntactic, and semantic rules for a specific language.
- a. The basic principles of an area of knowledge: the grammar of music.b. A book dealing with such principles.
Origin: Middle English gramere, from Old French gramaire, alteration of Latin grammatica, from Greek grammatikē, from feminine of grammatikos, of letters, from gramma, grammat-, letter; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.
grammar - Ologies & -Isms Definition
grammar - Cultural Definition
The rules for standard use of words. A grammar is also a system for classifying and analyzing the elements of language.