Definition of pronoun in English:

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pronoun

Pronunciation: /ˈprōˌnoun/

noun

A word that can function by itself as a noun phrase and that refers either to the participants in the discourse (e.g., I, you) or to someone or something mentioned elsewhere in the discourse (e.g., she, it, this). See also personal pronoun, impersonal pronoun.
Example sentences
  • In English, conjunctions, determiners, interjections, particles, and pronouns are grammatical words.
  • Such words include pronouns, auxiliary verbs, conjunctions, and prepositions.
  • Once the family has been explicitly mentioned, Lanchester can refer to them with pronouns, in particular the pronoun them.

Origin

Late Middle English: from pro-1 'on behalf of' + noun, suggested by French pronom, Latin pronomen (from pro- 'for, in place of' + nomen 'name').

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Syllabification: pro·noun

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