a sentence containing two or more coordinate independent clauses, usually joined by one or more conjunctions, but no dependent clause, as The lightning flashed (independent clause) and (conjunction) the rain fell (independent clause).
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Origin of compound sentence
First recorded in 1765–75
Words nearby compound sentence
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British Dictionary definitions for compound sentence
a sentence containing at least two coordinate clauses
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Cultural definitions for compound sentence
A sentence that contains at least two independent clauses, often joined by conjunctions: “Dr. Watson explained his theory, and Sherlock Holmes listened quietly.” (Compare complex sentence, compound-complex sentence, and simple sentence.)
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