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definite article Syllabification: def·i·nite ar·ti·cle
Pronunciation: /ˈdef(ə)nət ˈärdəkəl/

Definition of definite article in English:


A determiner (the in English) that introduces a noun phrase and implies that the thing mentioned has already been mentioned, or is common knowledge, or is about to be defined (as in the book on the table; the art of government; the famous poet and short story writer). Compare with indefinite article.
Example sentences
  • Adjectives that refer to people are sometimes introduced by the definite article the or by a possessive pronoun.
  • The power of the definite article to particularize a common noun is dependent on context, apart from which its reference remains ambiguous.
  • We found more errors in normal text for correctly capitalized definite articles than for capitalized nouns at the beginning of a sentence.
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