1375-1425;late Middle English < Latincontextus a joining together, scheme, structure, equivalent to contex(ere) to join by weaving (con-con- + texere to plait, weave) + -tus suffix of v. action; cf. text
That which surrounds, and gives meaning to, something else. grammar In a grammar it refers to the symbols before and after the symbol under consideration. If the syntax of a symbol is independent of its context, the grammar is said to be context-free.