- the way in which words are arranged in sequence in a sentence or smaller construction: In Latin, word order is freer than in English.
Origin of word order
First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for word order
The word-order is modern with scarcely a trace of the antique.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
In these lines there is much poetic inversion of word-order.
Wherever possible, the Old English syntax has been preserved (see line 1242); the word-order of the original is retained.The Translations of Beowulf
Chauncey Brewster Tinker
Bcquer, in his striving after complicated metrical arrangements, often inverts the word-order in his verse.
This otherwise admirable sonnet is marred by the numerous inversions of the word-order.
- the arrangement of words in a phrase, clause, or sentence. In many languages, including English, word order plays an important part in determining meanings expressed in other languages by inflections