1. (noun) The study of the structure of words.

2. (noun) The formal rules for structuring words.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: morphologies
  • A linguist or specialized (noun) morphologist studies phonology to understand (adjective) morphologic or (adjective) morphological aspects of language (adjective) morphologically.
  • Morphology focuses on the structural aspects words or morphemes to understand word creation such as compound formation and derivation.
  • Also called:
    • sound structure
    • syllable structure
    • word structure

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How to Cite the Definition of Morphology

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “morphology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 26, 2019 (

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

morphology. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “morphology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 26, 2019.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“morphology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 26 Jun. 2019. <>.