Sunday, 17 October 2021, 2:20 PM
Site: academy
Course: Activity Examples (Activity Examples)
Glossary: Linguistic Library (Mike Green)

Head word

The head or head word of a phrase is the word around which the phrase is built, i.e. the main word that determines the core meaning of the whole phrase, e.g.

  • in the noun phrase the old-fashioned door, the head word is door
  • in the verb phrase, might have been hit the head word is hit.