manner or style of verbal expression; characteristic language: legal phraseology.
expressions; phrases: obscure phraseology.

Origin of phraseology

1655–65; < New Greek phraseología (erroneously for *phrasiología), coined by German humanist Michael Neander (1525–95); see phrase, -o-, -logy
Related formsphra·se·o·log·i·cal [frey-zee-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌfreɪ zi əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, phra·se·o·log·ic, adjectivephra·se·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb

Synonym study

1. See diction. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for phraseology

style, diction, language, locution, syntax, manner, parlance, wording

Examples from the Web for phraseology

Historical Examples of phraseology

  • And not only are these gone, but we are lacking in a knowledge of Hebrew phraseology.

  • “A lying dog of some sort,” said Mr Vladimir in somewhat Oriental phraseology.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • In Hegelian phraseology the state is the reality of which justice is the idea.

  • There must have been a reason for this change of phraseology.

    The Electoral Votes of 1876

    David Dudley Field

  • In his own phraseology he was “beat,” completely and utterly “beat.”

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for phraseology


noun plural -gies

the manner in which words or phrases are used
a set of phrases used by a particular group of people
Derived Formsphraseological (ˌfreɪzɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivephraseologically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for phraseology

1550s, coined erroneously in Greek as phraseologia (1550s), from Greek phrasis "way of speaking" (see phrase (n.)) + -logia (see -logy). The correct form would be *phrasiology. Originally "a phrase book," meaning "way of arranging words, characteristic style of expression" is from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper