Grammar definition

grămər
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)
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The system of a given language at a given time.
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A body of rules imposed on a given language for speaking and writing it, based on the study of its grammar or on some adaptation of another, esp. Latin, grammar.
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One's manner of speaking or writing as judged by prescriptive grammatical rules.

His grammar was poor.

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A book or treatise on grammar.
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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.

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The study of how words and their component parts combine to form sentences.
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The basic principles of an area of knowledge.

The grammar of music.

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A normative or prescriptive set of rules setting forth the current standard of usage for pedagogical or reference purposes.
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The basic rules or principles of a field of knowledge or a particular skill.
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The elementary principles of a field of knowledge.
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A book or treatise on these.
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The system of rules implicit in a language, viewed as a mechanism for generating all sentences possible in that language.
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A system of rules and principles for speaking and writing a language.
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(uncountable, linguistics) The study of the internal structure of words (morphology) and the use of words in the construction of phrases and sentences (syntax).
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A book containing the morphologic, syntactic, and semantic rules for a specific language.
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(computing theory) A formal system specifying the syntax of a language.
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The study of structural relationships in language or in a language, sometimes including pronunciation, meaning, and linguistic history.
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Writing or speech judged with regard to such a set of rules.
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(UK, archaic) A textbook.

A grammar of geography.

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The system of inflections, syntax, and word formation of a language.
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(computing theory) A formal system defining a formal language.
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(obsolete, intransitive) To discourse according to the rules of grammar; to use grammar.

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A book dealing with such principles.
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A book describing the rules of grammar of a language.
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(UK) A grammar school.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
grammar
Plural:
grammars

Origin of grammar

  • Middle English gramere from Old French gramaire alteration of Latin grammatica from Greek grammatikē from feminine of grammatikos of letters from gramma grammat- letter gerbh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English gramarye, gramery, from Old French gramaire (“classical learning”), from Latin grammatica, from Ancient Greek γραμματική (grammatike, “skilled in writing”), from γράμμα (gramma, “line of writing”), from γράφω (grapho, “write”), from Proto-Indo-European *gerebh- (“to scratch”).

    From Wiktionary