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Meaning of grammar by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • grammary


    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” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɡɹæm.ə( ɹ )/
    • Rhymes: -æmə( r )


    grammar ( countable and uncountable; plural: grammars )

    1. A system of rules and principles for speaking and writing a language .
    2. ( uncountable, linguistics ) The study of the internal structure of words ( morphology ) and the use of words in the construction of phrases and sentences ( syntax ) .
    3. A book describing the rules of grammar of a language .
    4. ( computing theory ) A formal system specifying the syntax of a language.
    5. ( computing theory ) A formal system defining a formal language
    6. The basic rules or principles of a field of knowledge or a particular skill.
    7. ( UK, archaic ) a textbook .

    Related terms


    grammar ( third-person singular simple present grammars present participle grammaring, simple past and past participle grammared )

    1. ( obsolete, intransitive ) To discourse according to the rules of grammar; to use grammar .
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    See also

    • Grammar on Wikipedia .
    • Appendix:Glossary of grammar
    • Category:Grammar

    External links

    • grammar at The Septic's Companion: A British Slang Dictionary

Explanation of grammar by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology ( and sometimes also deals with semantics )