What is the meaning of phrase?


  • An expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence.
  • A short musical passage.
  • 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.


  • Put into words or an expression.
    • usage: "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"
  • Divide, combine, or mark into phrases.
    • usage: "phrase a musical passage"
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APAWordNet. (2010). phrase. Retrieved January 18, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/phrase/definitions/1190881
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "phrase" http://smartdefine.org/phrase/definitions/1190881 (accessed January 18, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, phrase, Smart Define, viewed 18 January, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/phrase/definitions/1190881>.
MLAWordNet. "phrase" 23 October 2010. Web. 18 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/phrase/definitions/1190881>
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