content word


noun

a word, typically a noun, verb, adjective, or adverb, that carries semantic content, bearing reference to the world independently of its use within a particular sentence (distinguished from function word).

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“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

Origin of content word

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for content word

content word
/ (ˈkɒntɛnt) /

noun

a word to which an independent meaning can be given by reference to a world outside any sentence in which the word may occurCompare function word, lexical meaning
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