an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
phrase, musical phrase(noun)
a short musical passage
idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase(noun)
an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence
give voice, formulate, word, phrase, articulate(verb)
put into words or an expression
"He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"
divide, combine, or mark into phrases
"phrase a musical passage"
A short written or spoken expression.
A word or group of words that functions as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence, usually consisting of a head, or central word, and elaborating words.
A small section of music in a larger piece.
To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.
To express (an action, thought or idea) by means of words.
To divide into melodic phrases.
Origin: From phrasis, from φράσις, from φράζω.
a brief expression, sometimes a single word, but usually two or more words forming an expression by themselves, or being a portion of a sentence; as, an adverbial phrase
a short, pithy expression; especially, one which is often employed; a peculiar or idiomatic turn of speech; as, to err is human
a mode or form of speech; the manner or style in which any one expreses himself; diction; expression
a short clause or portion of a period
to express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style
to use proper or fine phrases
to group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See Phrase, n., 4
Origin: [F., fr. L. phrasis diction, phraseology, Gr. , fr. to speak.]
In everyday speech, a phrase may refer to any group of words. In linguistics, a phrase is a group of words that form a constituent and so function as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence. A phrase is lower on the grammatical hierarchy than a clause.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
frāz, n. two or more words expressing a single idea by themselves, or showing the manner or style in which a person expresses himself: part of a sentence: a short pithy expression: phraseology: (mus.) a short clause or portion of a sentence.—v.t. to express in words: to style.—n. Phrase′-book, a book containing or explaining phrases.—adj. Phrase′less, incapable of being described.—ns. Phrase′-man, Phrase′-mong′er, a wordy speaker or writer; Phrā′seogram, Phrā′seograph, a combination of shorthand characters to represent a phrase or sentence.—adjs. Phraseolog′ic, -al, pertaining to phraseology: consisting of phrases.—adv. Phraseolog′ically.—ns. Phraseol′ogist, a maker or a collector of phrases; Phrāseol′ogy, style or manner of expression or arrangement of phrases: peculiarities of diction: a collection of phrases in a language; Phrā′ser, a mere maker or repeater of phrases.—adj. Phrā′sical.—n. Phrā′sing, the wording of a speech or passage: (mus.) the grouping and accentuation of the sounds in a melody. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. phrasis—phrazein, to speak.]
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'phrase' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3359
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'phrase' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2607
Rank popularity for the word 'phrase' in Nouns Frequency: #1054
pasher, phaser, seraph, shaper, sharpe, Sherpa, sherpa, sphear
The numerical value of phrase in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of phrase in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The phrase "domestic cat" is an oxymoron.
Whoever coined the phrase 'March Madness' got it correct.
Isn't it interesting this lone shooter used that same phrase.
I actually like that phrase, that's good, I better trademark it.
'We can do this' - I cannot, with the best will, adopt this phrase as my own.
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Translations for phrase
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- frase, 'n fraseAfrikaans
- جُمْلَة, سِيَاق, تَعْبِيرArabic
- sintagma, fraseCatalan, Valencian
- sousloví, fráze, slovní spojeníCzech
- Redewendung, formulieren, PhraseGerman
- φράζειν, φράσηGreek
- formular, sintagma, frase, expresar, frasear, expresiónSpanish
- گروه واژه, عبارتPersian
- lauseke, ilmaista, pukea sanoiksi, ilmaus, fraseerata, fraasiFinnish
- locution, syntagme, expression, exprimer, phraser, phraseFrench
- frása, abairtínIrish
- abairtScottish Gaelic
- צרוף לשוןHebrew
- mondás, kifejezés, frázis, szókapcsolatHungarian
- ungkapan, frasaIndonesian
- málsháttur, frasiIcelandic
- espressione, locuzione, polirematica, frase, esprimere, redigereItalian
- žodžių junginysLithuanian
- фраза, израз, фразира, изразуваMacedonian
- frasa, ungkapanMalay
- uitspraak, fraseDutch
- fraseNorwegian Nynorsk
- wypowiedzenie, zdaniePolish
- exprimir, expressar, expressão, locuçãoPortuguese
- sintagmă, expresie, frazăRomanian
- фраза, оборот речи, выражение, словосочетаниеRussian
- fras, ge, uttryck, frasera, benämna, beteckna, formulera, åt, uttryckaSwedish
- deyim, ifadeTurkish
- cụm từVietnamese
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