Definition of syntax noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪntæks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪntæks//
    [uncountable] Grammar
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  1. 1(linguistics) the way that words and phrases are put together to form sentences in a language; the rules of grammar for this compare morphology See related entries: Grammar
  2. 2(computing) the rules that state how words and phrases must be used in a computer language The instructions were not carried out because of a syntax error.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French syntaxe, or via late Latin from Greek suntaxis, from sun- ‘together’ + tassein ‘arrange’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: syntax