Word Definition

Define what is Word?

1. Word (noun)

a unit of language that native speakers can identify.

  • words are the blocks from which sentences are made.
  • he hardly said ten words all morning.

language unit, linguistic unit noun
one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed.


anagram noun
a word or phrase spelled by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase.

anaphor noun
a word (such as a pronoun) used to avoid repetition; the referent of an anaphor is determined by its antecedent.

antonym, opposite, opposite word noun
a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other.

back-formation noun
a word invented (usually unwittingly by subtracting an affix) on the assumption that a familiar word derives from it.

charade noun
a word acted out in an episode of the game of charades.

cognate word, cognate noun
a word is cognate with another if both derive from the same word in an ancestral language.

content word, open-class word noun
a word to which an independent meaning can be assigned.

contraction noun
a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds.

deictic, deictic word noun
a word specifying identity or spatial or temporal location from the perspective of a speaker or hearer in the context in which the communication occurs.

derivative noun
(linguistics) a word that is derived from another word.

diminutive noun
a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness.

dirty word noun
a word that is considered to be unmentionable.

dissyllable, disyllable noun
a word having two syllables.

descriptor, form, signifier, word form noun
the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something.

four-letter Anglo-Saxon word, four-letter word noun
any of several short English words (often having 4 letters) generally regarded as obscene or offensive.

closed-class word, function word noun
a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning.

guide word, guideword, catchword noun
a word printed at the top of the page of a dictionary or other reference book to indicate the first or last item on that page.

head word, head noun
(grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent.

headword noun
a word placed at the beginning of a line or paragraph (as in a dictionary entry).

heteronym noun
two words are heteronyms if they are spelled the same way but differ in pronunciation.

holonym, whole name noun
a word that names the whole of which a given word is a part.

homonym noun
two words are homonyms if they are pronounced or spelled the same way but have different meanings.

hypernym, superordinate word, superordinate noun
a word that is more generic than a given word.

hyponym, subordinate word, subordinate noun
a word that is more specific than a given word.

key word noun
a significant word used in indexing or cataloging.

hybrid, loan-blend, loanblend noun
a word that is composed of parts from different languages (e.g., `monolingual' has a Greek prefix and a Latin root).

loanword, loan noun
a word borrowed from another language; e.g. `blitz' is a German word borrowed into modern English.

meronym, part name noun
a word that names a part of a larger whole.

metonym noun
a word that denotes one thing but refers to a related thing.

monosyllabic word, monosyllable noun
a word or utterance of one syllable.

neologism, neology, coinage noun
a newly invented word or phrase.

hapax legomenon, nonce word noun
a word with a special meaning used for a special occasion.

oxytone noun
word having stress or an acute accent on the last syllable.

palindrome noun
a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward.

primitive noun
a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms.

paroxytone noun
word having stress or acute accent on the next to last syllable.

partitive noun
word (such a `some' or `less') that is used to indicate a part as distinct from a whole.

polysemant, polysemantic word, polysemous word noun
a word having more than one meaning.

polysyllabic word, polysyllable noun
a word of more than three syllables.

proparoxytone noun
word having stress or acute accent on the antepenult.

quantifier noun
(grammar) a word that expresses a quantity (as `fifteen' or `many').

logical quantifier, quantifier noun
(logic) a word (such as `some' or `all' or `no') that binds the variables in a logical proposition.

reduplication noun
a word formed by or containing a repeated syllable or speech sound (usually at the beginning of the word).

retronym noun
a word introduced because an existing term has become inadequate.

substantive noun
any word or group of words functioning as a noun.

equivalent word, synonym noun
two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context.

term noun
a word or expression used for some particular thing.

nomenclature, terminology, language noun
a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline.

trisyllable noun
a word having three syllables.

manner name, troponym noun
a word that denotes a manner of doing something.

spoken word, vocable noun
a word that is spoken aloud.

classifier noun
a word or morpheme used in some languages in certain contexts (such as counting) to indicate the semantic class to which the counted item belongs.

written word noun
the written form of a word.

syncategorem, syncategoreme noun
a syncategorematic expression; a word that cannot be used alone as a term in a logical proposition.

2. give voice, phrase, Word, articulate, formulate (verb)

put into words or an expression.

  • He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees.

evince, express, show verb
give expression to.


ask verb
direct or put; seek an answer to.

lexicalise, lexicalize verb
make or coin into a word or accept a new word into the lexicon of a language.

dogmatise, dogmatize verb
state as a dogma.

formularise, formularize verb
express as a formula.

couch, redact, put, frame, cast verb
formulate in a particular style or language.

3. Word (noun)

a brief statement.

  • he didn't say a word about it.

statement noun
a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc.

4. news, tidings, Word, intelligence (noun)

information about recent and important events.

  • they awaited news of the outcome.

info, information noun
a message received and understood.


good word noun
good news.

latest noun
the most recent news or development.

update noun
news that updates your information.

5. Word (noun)

a verbal command for action.

  • when I give the word, charge!.

Order noun
(often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed.

6. give-and-take, discussion, Word (noun)

an exchange of views on some topic.

  • we had a good discussion.
  • we had a word or two about it.

argumentation, debate, argument noun
a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal.

deliberation noun
(usually plural) discussion of all sides of a question.

group discussion, conference noun
a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic.

panel discussion noun
discussion of a subject of public interest by a group of persons forming a panel usually before an audience.

post-mortem, postmortem noun
discussion of an event after it has occurred.

public discussion, ventilation noun
free and open discussion of (or debate on) some question of public interest.

negotiation, talks, dialogue noun
a discussion intended to produce an agreement.

7. parole, word of honor, Word (noun)

a promise.

  • he gave his word.

promise noun
a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future.

8. Word (noun)

a word is a string of bits stored in computer memory.

  • large computers use words up to 64 bits long.

computer memory unit noun
a unit for measuring computer memory.

9. Logos, Son, Word (noun)

the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus).

    Synonyms: Logos, Son

    10. countersign, password, parole, watchword, Word (noun)

    a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group.

    • he forgot the password.

    arcanum, secret noun
    information known only to a special group.

    positive identification noun
    evidence proving that you are who you say you are; evidence establishing that you are among the group of people already known to the system; recognition by the system leads to acceptance.

    11. Bible, Christian Bible, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Word of God, Book, Word (noun)

    the sacred writings of the Christian religions.

    • he went to carry the Word to the heathen.

    religious text, religious writing, sacred text, sacred writing noun
    writing that is venerated for the worship of a deity.


    family Bible noun
    a large Bible with pages to record marriages and births.

    Nearby Terms

    word accent (noun)
    the distribution of stresses within a polysyllabic word

    word blindness (noun)
    inability to perceive written words

    word class (noun)
    one of the traditional categories of words intended to reflect their functions in a grammatical context

    word deafness (noun)
    an impairment in understanding spoken language that is not attributable to hearing loss

    word division (noun)
    division of a word especially at the end of a line on a page

    word finder (noun)
    a thesaurus organized to help you find the word you want but cannot think of

    word for word (adverb)
    using exactly the same words

    word form (noun)
    the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something

    word game (noun)
    any game involving the formation or alteration or discovery of words

    word meaning (noun)
    the accepted meaning of a word

    word of advice (noun)
    cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness)

    word of farewell (noun)
    an acknowledgment or expression of goodwill at parting

    Word of God (noun)
    a manifestation of the mind and will of God

    word of honor (noun)
    a promise

    word of mouth (noun)
    gossip spread by spoken communication