Word of the Day #7: Grammar



Word of the Day is designed to help children learn how to use a dictionary, whilst simultaneously expanding their vocabulary. Today’s Word of the Day begins with the letter ‘G’. The word is: grammar.

grammar n.

  1. Department of language study dealing with inflexional forms or other means of indicating relation of words within sentence, and with rules for employing these (in early English use grammar meant only Latin grammar); treatise or book on grammatical forms; speech or writing regarded as good or bad by the rules of grammar, what is correct according to those rules; body of forms and usages in a language; elements, rudiments, of an art or science; comparative ~, study of relation between grammars of two or more languages; historical ~, study of historical development of a language.
  2. Lowest class in certain Jesuit schools and colleges.
  3. ~ school one of a class of (usu. endowed) English schools founded in or before 16th c. for teaching Latin, now secondary schools with a curriculum including languages, history, literature, and the sciences; (since Education Act of 1947)  any secondary school with similar curriculum as dist. from technical or modern schools; (U.S.) department or school between primary and high schools.

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