- grammar school,
- grammar-translation method,
- grammatical gender
Origin of grammar
Examples from the Web for grammar
At his best, he was an inventor of part of the modern cinema's grammar.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fear of offending the grammar police can even produce a novel type of error called a hypercorrection.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With|Nick Romeo|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When you approached T.I., London Grammar, and Fall Out Boy to do this, what was their initial response to it?
At one point did you think, “T.I., London Grammar, and Fall Out Boy together”?
What did those darned Muslims give us other than grammar and algebra?
It supported a grammar school, an almshouse for thirty-two poor people, and bestowed liberal gifts on the poor.Parish Priests and Their People in the Middle Ages in England|Edward L. Cutts
He could study the ancients with the young eyes of the Renaissance and read a Greek grammar like a book of love lyrics.Varied Types|G. K. Chesterton
In these charters the peculiar characteristics of Italian orthography and grammar frequently appear.
Of these about half were in the primary and the grammar grades and about half in the high school.The Evolution of the Country Community|Warren H. Wilson
At a parish school near by, John learned to spell and to repeat the rules of grammar.Four American Naval Heroes|Mabel Beebe
- the use of language with regard to its correctness or social propriety, esp in syntaxthe teacher told him to watch his grammar
- (as modifier)a grammar book
Word Origin for grammar
early 14c., gramarye (late 12c. in surnames), from Old French gramaire "learning," especially Latin and philology, "grammar, (magic) incantation, spells, mumbo-jumbo," "irregular semi-popular adoption" [OED] of Latin grammatica, from Greek grammatike tekhne "art of letters," with a sense of both philology and literature in the broadest sense, fem. adjective from gramma "letter," from stem of graphein "to draw or write" (see -graphy). An Old English word for it was stæfcræft.
Form grammar is from late 14c. Restriction to "rules of language" is a post-classical development, but as this type of study was until 16c. limited to Latin, Middle English gramarye also came to mean "learning in general, knowledge peculiar to the learned classes" (early 14c.), which included astrology and magic; hence the secondary meaning of "occult knowledge" (late 15c.), which evolved in Scottish into glamor (q.v.).
A grammar school (late 14c.) originally was "a school in which the learned languages are grammatically taught" [Johnson, who also has grammaticaster "a mean verbal pedant"]. In U.S. (1842) the term was put to use in the graded system for "a school between primary and secondary where English grammar is taught."
The rules for standard use of words. A grammar is also a system for classifying and analyzing the elements of language.