Etymology: From phrasis (diction) < (manner of expression), from (to tell, to express).
- A short written or spoken expression.
- (grammar) A word or group of words that functions as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence, usually consisting of a head, or central word, and elaborating words. In the noun phrase the big bird, for example, the noun, bird is the head.
- (music) A small section of music in a larger piece.
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