- 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.
phrase definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin phrasis, diction ; from Classical Greek ; from phrazein, to speak
phrase definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A sequence of words intended to have meaning.
- a. A characteristic way or mode of expression.b. A brief, apt, and cogent expression.
- A word or group of words read or spoken as a unit and separated by pauses or other junctures.
- Grammar Two or more words in sequence that form a syntactic unit that is less than a complete sentence.
- 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.
- To express orally or in writing: The speaker phrased several opinions.
- To pace or mark off (something read aloud or spoken) by pauses.
- Music a. To divide (a passage) into phrases.b. To combine (notes) in a phrase.
- To make or render phrases, as in reading aloud.
- Music To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.
Origin: Latin phrasis, diction, from Greek, speech, diction, phrase, from phrazein, to point out, show; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots.
- phrasˈal adjective
- phrasˈal·ly adverb