[ gruh-mat-i-kuh l ]
/ grəˈmæt ɪ kəl /


of or relating to grammar: grammatical analysis.
conforming to standard usage: grammatical speech.

Origin of grammatical

1520–30; < Latin grammatic(us) (< Greek grammatikós knowing one's letters, equivalent to grammat-, stem of grámma letter + -ikos -ic) + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for grammatical


/ (ɡrəˈmætɪkəl) /


of or relating to grammar
(of a sentence) well formed; regarded as correct and acceptable by native speakers of the language
Derived Formsgrammatically, adverbgrammaticalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for grammatical



1520s, from Middle French grammatical and directly from Late Latin grammaticalis "of a scholar," from grammaticus "pertaining to grammar" (see grammar). Related: Grammatically (c.1400).

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