noun Etymology: Middle English gramere, from Anglo-French gramaire, modification of Latin grammatica, from Greek grammatikē, from feminine of grammatikos of letters, from grammat-, gramma — more at gram Date: 14th century 1. a. the study of the classes of words, their inflections, and their functions and relations in the sentence b. a study of what is to be preferred and what avoided in inflection and syntax 2. a. the characteristic system of inflections and syntax of a language b. a system of rules that defines the grammatical structure of a language 3. a. a grammar textbook b. speech or writing evaluated according to its conformity to grammatical rules 4. the principles or rules of an art, science, or technique <
a grammar of the theater
; also a set of such principles or rules • grammarian noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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