part of speech
Date: 1509 a traditional class of words distinguished according to the kind of idea denoted and the function performed in a sentence

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  • Part of speech — Part Part (p[aum]rt), n. [F. part, L. pars, gen. partis; cf. parere to bring forth, produce. Cf. {Parent}, {Depart}, {Parcel}, {Partner}, {Party}, {Portion}.] 1. One of the portions, equal or unequal, into which anything is divided, or regarded… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • part of speech — n. any of the classes of words of a given language to which a word can be assigned: different kinds of grammar have different criteria for classifying words, as form, function or meaning, or combinations of these: in traditional English grammar,… …   English World dictionary

  • part of speech — plural parts of speech n technical one of the types into which words are divided in grammar according to their use, such as noun, verb, or adjective …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • part of speech — (plural ,parts of speech) noun count LINGUISTICS one of the main GRAMMATICAL groups that a particular word belongs to according to the way it is used in a sentence, for example noun, verb, adjective, or adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • part of speech — part′ of speech′ n. gram. any of the classes into which words in a language have traditionally been divided on the basis of their meaning, form, or syntactic function, as, in English, noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, preposition,… …   From formal English to slang

  • part of speech — (n.) c.1500, translating L. pars orationis. Noun, adjective, pronoun, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction, and interjection. Sometimes article and participle are counted among them …   Etymology dictionary

  • part of speech — ► NOUN ▪ a category to which a word is assigned in accordance with its syntactic functions, e.g. noun, pronoun, adjective, verb …   English terms dictionary

  • part of speech — noun one of the traditional categories of words intended to reflect their functions in a grammatical context (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑form class, ↑word class • Hypernyms: ↑grammatical category, ↑syntactic category • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Part of speech — Unter Wortart (auch: Wortklasse, Redeteile (partes orationis); englisch: part of speech) versteht man die Klasse von Wörtern einer Sprache auf Grund der Zuordnung nach gemeinsamen grammatischen Merkmalen. Die Wortartlehre versucht eine… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • part of speech — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms part of speech : singular part of speech plural parts of speech linguistics one of the main grammatical groups that a particular word belongs to according to the way it is used in a sentence, for example noun,… …   English dictionary

  • part of speech — parts of speech N COUNT A part of speech is a particular grammatical class of word, for example noun, adjective, or verb …   English dictionary

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