Definition of immediate constituent in English:

immediate constituent

noun

Linguistics
  • Each of the constituents of a syntactic unit at the next level down in the hierarchy.

    • ‘That is, the inverted motion construction has two immediate constituents, a setup consisting of a motional adverbial followed by a motion verb, and a phrase serving as the payoff.’

Pronunciation:

immediate constituent

/iˈmēdēət kənˈstiCHo͝oənt/