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noun

Syllabification: noun
Pronunciation: /noun
 
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Definition of noun in English:

noun

Grammar
A word (other than a pronoun) used to identify any of a class of people, places, or things (common noun), or to name a particular one of these (proper noun).
Example sentences
  • Many English words can be nouns or verbs, with the exact same English spelling.
  • These children were asked to explain the meaning of some common Dutch and Turkish nouns in an extended word definition task.
  • Of particular interest here is how the participants in the picture are referred to by the choice of pronouns or nouns.

Origin

late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Latin nomen 'name'.

More
  • name from (Old English):

    The Latin word nomen is the source of name and of related words in English, such as denominate (mid 16th century), misnomer (Late Middle English), nominate (Late Middle English), and noun (Late Middle English). What's in a name? alludes to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Juliet is saying the fact that Romeo belongs to the rival Montague family is irrelevant: ‘What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.’ No names, no pack drill means that punishment for a misdeed cannot be meted out if everyone involved keeps silent about what has happened. Pack drill is a form of military punishment in which an offender has to perform parade-ground exercises carrying a heavy pack. It dates back to the First World War and soon spread from army circles, especially as a joking aside advising someone to be careful how much they say about a particular person or matter.

Derivatives

nounal

1
Pronunciation: /ˈnounəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Verbs are grouped as absolute, relative, or nounal.

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