I'm looking for a word that means a set of words such as "noun", "adverb", "adjective", "verb", "preposition", "conjunction", etc...

What is the proper word to mean that? If I search for it in my native language I got "a part of speech", but feel that there is a word.

  • We often use the term 'category" as an alternant to 'part of speech'.
    – BillJ
    Mar 26, 2018 at 9:00

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I don't know about a single word. A more technical term that doesn't mean precisely the same as "parts of speech" is syntactic category. If you only want the categories that apply to individual words, not to phrases, you can use lexical categories.

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