What does Grammar mean?

Definitions for Grammar
ˈgræm ərgram·mar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grammarnoun

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


  1. grammarnoun

    A system of rules and principles for speaking and writing a language.

  2. grammarnoun

    The study of the internal structure of words (morphology) and the use of words in the construction of phrases and sentences (syntax).

  3. grammarnoun

    A book describing the rules of grammar of a language.

  4. grammarnoun

    A formal system specifying the syntax of a language.

  5. grammarnoun

    A formal system defining a formal language

  6. grammarnoun

    The basic rules or principles of a field of knowledge or a particular skill.

  7. grammarnoun

    a textbook.

  8. Etymology: From gramarye, gramery, from gramaire, from grammatica, from γραμματική, from γράμμα, from γράφω, from gerebh-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GRAMMARnoun

    Etymology: grammaire, French; grammatica, Latin; γϱαμματιϰὴ.

    We make a countryman dumb, whom we will not allow to speak but by the rules of grammar. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Men, speaking language according to the grammar rules of that language, do yet speak improperly of things. John Locke.

    Varium & mutabile semper femina, is the sharpest satire that ever was made on woman; for the adjectives are neuter, and animal must be understood to make them grammar. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grammarnoun

    the science which treats of the principles of language; the study of forms of speech, and their relations to one another; the art concerned with the right use aud application of the rules of a language, in speaking or writing

  2. Grammarnoun

    the art of speaking or writing with correctness or according to established usage; speech considered with regard to the rules of a grammar

  3. Grammarnoun

    a treatise on the principles of language; a book containing the principles and rules for correctness in speaking or writing

  4. Grammarnoun

    treatise on the elements or principles of any science; as, a grammar of geography

  5. Grammarverb

    to discourse according to the rules of grammar; to use grammar

  6. Etymology: [OE. gramere, OF. gramaire, F. grammaire Prob. fr. L. gramatica Gr , fem. of skilled in grammar, fr. letter. See Gramme, Graphic, and cf. Grammatical, Gramarye.]


  1. Grammar

    In linguistics, grammar is the set of structural rules that governs the composition of clauses, phrases and words in any given natural language. The term refers also to the study of such rules, and this field includes morphology, syntax, and phonology, often complemented by phonetics, semantics, and pragmatics. Linguists do not normally use the term to refer to orthographical rules, although usage books and style guides that call themselves grammars may also refer to spelling and punctuation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grammar

    gram′ar, n. the science of the right use of language: a book which teaches grammar: any elementary work.—ns. Grammā′rian, one versed in, or who teaches, grammar; Gramm′ar-school, a school in which grammar, esp. Latin grammar, is taught: a higher school, in which Latin and Greek are taught.—adjs. Grammat′ic, -al, belonging to, or according to, the rules of grammar.—adv. Grammat′ically.—n. Grammat′icaster, a piddling grammarian.—v.t. Grammat′icīse, to make grammatical.—v.i. to act the grammarian.—ns. Grammat′icism, a point of grammar; Gramm′atist, a grammarian. [O. Fr. gramaire; from Low L. gramma, a letter, with the termination -arius—Gr. gramma, a letter—graphein, to write.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. grammar

    The grave of letters.

Editors Contribution

  1. grammar

    The system, structure and rules of a language.

    Grammar is every language is important for the structure and formation.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 6, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Grammar' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3921

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Grammar' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4227

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Grammar' in Nouns Frequency: #1549

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Grammar in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Grammar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Grammar in a Sentence

  1. John Furjanic:

    In my humble opinion, any father who doesn't take their young daughters to watch women's sports (at all levels -- grammar school through pro) is missing a chance to expose their children to the opportunities that await them, long term, parents taking kids to women's games and women's teams promoting themselves in schools has to be helpful to establishing widespread popularity, generations at a time.

  2. Emperor Sigismund:

    I am the Roman Emperor, and am above grammar.

  3. Louis Aragon:

    I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.

  4. Isaac Goldberg:

    Grammar school never taught me anything about grammar.

  5. Stephen Dobranski:

    Perhaps some millennials have thus become more attentive to such details as punctuation and grammar, whether they are hashtags or semicolons or sentence fragments. The details that millennials find most important, though, might differ from the rules that earlier writers emphasized.

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