|Origin:||phrasis, from Greek, from phrazein 'to point out, explain, tell'|
phrase1 W3 [countable]
a group of words that together have a particular meaning, especially when they express the meaning well in a few words:
She used the phrase 'survival of the fittest'.
Edward Heath's famous phrase, 'the unacceptable face of capitalism'
a group of words without a finite verb, especially when they are used to form part of a sentence, such as 'walking along the road' and 'a bar of soap' ➔ clause (2), sentence1 (1)
a short group of musical notes that is part of a longer piece