- the study of the rules for the formation of grammatical sentences in a language.
- the study of the patterns of formation of sentences and phrases from words.
- the rules or patterns so studied: English syntax.
- a presentation of these: a syntax of English.
- an instance of these: the syntax of a sentence.
- that branch of modern logic that studies the various kinds of signs that occur in a system and the possible arrangements of those signs, complete abstraction being made of the meaning of the signs.
- the outcome of such a study when directed upon a specified language.
Examples from the Web for syntax
The style is stuffy, the syntax is antique, and the conceit is never really convincing.Robin Sloan’s Book Bag: Five Science Fiction Books That Matter|Robin Sloan|September 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Butler's syntax sometimes gets in the way of understanding what she's asserting as fact.
From the syntax, it's a separate item, as if the requirement for the loyalty oath is law.
Syntax aside, the real consideration is the degree to which Romney can afford to alienate Hispanic Americans.Mitt Romney Is a Lot Like Thomas E. Dewey, the Equivocating Loser to Truman|Robert Shrum|June 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If you did learn to read it, you would discover the alienness of the syntax and structure.
The first class contains the forms connected, partially in their etymology and wholly in their syntax, with my and thy, &c.The English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
Ours is a case derived, in syntax at least, from an adjective.A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
The syntax is simple, the phrases are short and generally the order of words is: subject, complement, verb.
They concluded that syntax is a whim and grammar an illusion.Bouvard and Pcuchet|Gustave Flaubert
I follow Dr. Tschischwitz's translation, so far as syntax permits.Montaigne and Shakspere|John M. Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for syntax
Word Origin for syntax
Word Origin and History for syntax
c.1600, from French syntaxe, from Late Latin syntaxis, from Greek syntaxis "a putting together or in order, arrangement, syntax," from stem of syntassein "put in order," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + tassein "arrange" (see tactics).