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What is a Word?

Word is a unit of language that serves as a principal carrier of meaning, consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation. One may define a word as the blocks from which sentences are made. Words consist of one or more morphemes that can be of independent use or consist of two or three such units combined under some connection. Words are usually divided into writing by spaces and in many languages. They are differentiated phonologically, as by accent.

Idioms beginning with Words:

  • word for word

  • word of honour

  • word of mouth

  • words fail me

  • words of one syllable,

  • words stick in one's throat

  • words to that effect

  • word to the wise


Types of a Word

Word is a speech sound or sequence of speech sounds that typically symbolize and express a message without being divisible into smaller units that can be used separately.

Word is the whole range of linguistic forms generated by combining a single basis with different inflectional elements without altering the part of speech elements.

  • Any part of a written or printed expression that normally occurs between spaces or between a space and a punctuation mark.

  • The act of speaking or talking verbally. A short comment or conversation

  • I just want to have a chat with you.

  • A number of bytes that are processed as a unit and convey a quantity of contact and computer work information

  • To form phrases, we combine words. Typically, a term serves the same purpose as a word from some other class of terms.

What makes a Word Real Word?

In English, the word has a broad variety of meanings and uses. Yet one of the pieces of word-related knowledge most commonly searched for is not something that can be included in its meaning. Instead, what makes a word a real word is some variant of the question?

Vocabulary is one of English's most prolific fields of change and variation; new terms are constantly being invented to name or characterize new technologies or developments or to better classify aspects of our rapidly changing culture. Time, resources and personnel constraints would make it impossible for any dictionary to capture a completely comprehensive account of all the terms in the language, no matter how big. Most general English dictionaries are intended to contain only terms that fulfil certain usage requirements in large areas and over long periods (for more information about how words are selected for entry in the dictionary).

Classification of Words

Words are grouped in English into parts of speech. The functional adjective and functional adverb are functional derivations. 


A noun is an identifying word:

Eg: An individual (man, female, engineer, friend)


What a person or thing does or what happens is represented by a verb. 

Eg: A case,  An action


An adjective is a term that identifies a noun, offering additional details about it. 

Eg: A thrilling adventure


An adverb is a word used to give a verb, adjective or other adverb details. They can make stronger or weaker the meaning of a noun, adjective, or other adverbs, and sometimes appear between the subject and its verb.

Eg: She almost lost everything.


In place of a noun that is already recognized or has already been mentioned, pronouns are used. To stop repeating the noun, this is always done. 

Eg: Since she was tired, Laura left early.


A preposition is a concept like after, in to, on, and with. Prepositions are normally used in front of nouns or pronouns and illustrate the connection in a sentence between the noun or pronoun and other words.


A conjunction is a term such as and because, but for, if or, and when A conjunction (also called a connective). Conjunctions are used to connect words, clauses, and sentences.


A determiner is a phrase that introduces a noun, such as a/an, the any, this, others, or many (as in a dog, the dog, this dog, those dogs, each dog, many dogs).


A word or expression that expresses strong emotions, such as surprise, pleasure, or rage, is an exclamation (also called an interjection). Exclamations sometimes stand on their own.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. How do you define a Word in Grammar?

Ans: The word is the fundamental unit of language in traditional grammar. A word in the written and verbal form of language refers to a speech sound or a combination of two or more speech sounds. A word functions as a sign in language to represent/refer to something/someone to convey a particular meaning. A word meaning is a letter or group of letters that when spoken or written, has significance. The dog is an example of a word. The seventeen sets of letters which are written to shape this sentence are an example of words.

Q2. Can One Word be a Sentence?

Ans: An imperative sentence may be as short as one word, such as: "Go." Theoretically, at least a subject and a verb must be included in a sentence formation, but the subject (you) is presumed and understood in these cases. Just remember that not every single-word phrase is a sentence. An imperative sentence referred to as the sentence used to express an order, a request, or a prohibition is called an imperative phrase.