- The definition of a phrase is two or more words that express an idea and are a part of a sentence.
An example of phrase is "went to the store."
- Phrase is defined as to express in words.
An example of phrase is to compose an apology.
- a manner or style of speech or expression; phraseology
- a short, colorful or forceful expression
- a connected series of movements in a formal dance
- Gram. a sequence of two or more words conveying a single thought or forming a distinct part of a sentence but not containing a subject and predicate
- Linguis. a group of words that functions as a syntactic unit
- Music a short, distinct part or passage, usually of two, four, or eight measures
Origin of phraseClassical Latin phrasis, diction from Classical Greek from phrazein, to speak
intransitive verbphrased, phras′ing
- to express in a certain way, as by selecting particular words to make a phrase
- Music to mark off or divide (notes) into phrases
- A sequence of words that have meaning, especially when forming part of a sentence.
- a. A characteristic way or mode of expression: an apt turn of phrase.b. A brief, apt, and cogent expression: the phrase “out of the frying pan and into the fire.”
- Music A short passage or segment, often consisting of four measures or forming part of a larger unit.
- A series of dance movements forming a unit in a choreographic pattern.
verbphrased, phras·ing, phras·es
- To express orally or in writing: The speaker phrased several opinions.
- Music a. To divide (a passage) into phrases.b. To combine (notes) in a phrase.
- To make or express phrases.
- Music To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.
Origin of phraseLatin phrasis diction from Greek speech, diction, phrase from phrazein to point out, show ; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present phrases, present participle phrasing, simple past and past participle phrased)
- (intransitive, music) To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.
- (music) To divide into melodic phrases.
- To express (an action, thought or idea) by means of words.
From Late Latin phrasis (“diction”), from Ancient Greek φράσις (phrasis, “manner of expression”), from φράζω (phrazō, “I tell, express”).