- Syntax is an order of words and phrases to form proper sentences.
An example of syntax is "I'm going to the movies" versus "to the movies I'm going."
syntax definition by Webster's New World
- Now Rare orderly or systematic arrangement
- Gram., Linguis.
- the arrangement of and relationships among words, phrases, and clauses forming sentences; sentence structure
- the study of this
- the structure of statements in a computer language
- the rules governing this structure
- Logic syntactics as applied to language in the abstract
Origin: French syntaxe ; from Late Latin syntaxis ; from Classical Greek ; from syntassein, to join, put together ; from syn-, together plush tassein, to arrange: see taxis
syntax definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The study of the rules whereby words or other elements of sentence structure are combined to form grammatical sentences.b. A publication, such as a book, that presents such rules.c. The pattern of formation of sentences or phrases in a language.d. Such a pattern in a particular sentence or discourse.
- Computer Science The rules governing the formation of statements in a programming language.
- A systematic, orderly arrangement.
Origin: French syntaxe, from Late Latin syntaxis, from Greek suntaxis, from suntassein, to put in order : sun-, syn- + tassein, tag-, to arrange.