[countable] a single unit of language which means something and can be spoken or written Do not write more than 200 words. Do you know the words to this song? What's the Spanish word for ‘table’? He was a true friend in all senses of the word. Tell me what happened in your own words. I could hear every word they were saying. He couldn't find the words to thank her enough. Words fail me (= I cannot express how I feel). There are no words to say how sorry we are. I can't remember her exact words. Angry is not the word for it—I was furious. I can never put my feelings into words.