1. a book containing common expressions in a foreign language along with their translations;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Phrase \Phrase\, n. [F., fr. L. phrasis diction, phraseology,
Gr. ?, fr. ? to speak.]
1. A brief expression, sometimes a single word, but usually
two or more words forming an expression by themselves, or
being a portion of a sentence; as, an adverbial phrase.
"Convey" the wise it call. "Steal!" foh! a fico for
the phrase. --Shak.
2. A short, pithy expression; especially, one which is often
employed; a peculiar or idiomatic turn of speech; as, to
err is human.
3. A mode or form of speech; the manner or style in which any
one expreses himself; diction; expression. "Phrases of the
In better phrase and matter than thou didst. --Shak.
4. (Mus.) A short clause or portion of a period.
Note: A composition consists first of sentences, or periods;
these are subdivided into sections, and these into
Phrase book, a book of idiomatic phrases. --J. S. Blackie.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a book containing common expressions in a foreign language
along with their translations