• A short written or spoken expression.
  • 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.
  • A small section of music in a larger piece.
  • A mode or form of speech; diction; expression.
  • A short individual motion forming part of a choreographed dance.


  • To express (an action, thought or idea) by means of particular words.
  • To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.
  • To divide into melodic phrases.


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  • From Late Latin phrasis ("diction"), from Ancient Greek φράσις ("manner of expression"), from φράζω.

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