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A word that is made up of two or more existing words and contains no spaces or hyphens, e.g. football, birthday, blackboard.
- ‘When two words are fused into one word to form a closed compound, the ending takes the plural.’
- ‘He had used the closed compound, and the copyeditor proposed the open form.’
- ‘Depending on how they are used, two words may eventually be combined as a closed compound word.’
- ‘The usual progression of a compound word is from two separate words, to a hyphenated compound, to a closed compound.’
- ‘While the hyphenated form still appears, especially outside computer contexts, the word is most often a closed compound.’
- ‘The trend is toward joining prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms with root words to form closed compounds.’
- ‘British English has film-maker, night-time, newly-wed, which are all closed compounds in American English.’
- ‘Hyphenated compound words are usually in the transition period from open to closed compound words.’
- ‘The Swedish word “diamantgruva” is a closed compound of “diamant” (diamond) and “gruva” (mine).’
- ‘In this exercise, all the compound words are closed compounds.’
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