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closed compound

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Definition of closed compound in English:


A word that is made up of two or more existing words and contains no spaces or hyphens, e.g. football, birthday, blackboard.
Example sentences
  • In this exercise, all the compound words are closed compounds.
  • He had used the closed compound, and the copyeditor proposed the open form.
  • British English has film-maker, night-time, newly-wed, which are all closed compounds in American English.

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