Meaning of CONTEXT in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈkän-ˌtekst ]


Etymology: Middle English, weaving together of words, from Latin contextus connection of words, coherence, from contexere to weave together, from com- + texere to weave — more at technical

Date: circa 1568

1. : the parts of a discourse that surround a word or passage and can throw light on its meaning

2. : the interrelated conditions in which something exists or occurs : environment , setting

the historical context of the war

• con·text·less -ˌtekst-ləs adjective

• con·tex·tu·al kän-ˈteks-chə-wəl, kən-, -chəl, -chü-əl adjective

• con·tex·tu·al·ly adverb

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.