- form class
- nounone of the traditional categories of words intended to reflect their functions in a grammatical context• Syn: ↑part of speech, ↑word class• Hypernyms: ↑grammatical category, ↑syntactic category• Hyponyms: ↑major form class
* * *noun: a class of linguistic forms that can be used in the same position in a construction and that have one or more morphological or syntactical features in common
book, hat, going, deceased, little one, and rapidly flowing stream belong to the same form class as shown by the fact that each can be used in the same position in the construction the — is— see major form class
* * *Gram.a class of words or forms in a given language that have one or more grammatical features in common, as, in Latin, all masculine nouns in the nominative singular, all masculine singular nouns, all masculine nouns, or all nouns.[1920-25]
* * *form class noun (linguistics)A class of forms (words and phrases) that will fit into the same position in a construction• • •Main Entry: ↑form
* * *form class,Linguistics. a class of words or other forms in a language which share some grammatical feature, such as all nouns, or all plural feminine nouns, or all third person singular verbs.
* * *n. Linguistics a class of linguistic forms with grammatical or syntactic features in common; a part of speech or subset of a part of speech
Useful english dictionary. 2012.