Share this entry
prenominal Line breaks: pre|nom¦inal
Pronunciation: /priːˈnɒmɪn(ə)l/

Definition of prenominal in English:


(Of a word or part of speech) preceding a noun.
Example sentences
  • And prenominal genitive determiner noun phrases are not adjectives, so to think that they can't be antecedents of pronouns for that reason is even madder than merely imagining that some obscure rule is being violated.
  • We get a couple of noun phrases with hyphenated compound prenominal attributive modifiers like outcome-related, real-world, and whole-of-organisation, and that's just about it.
  • Given that the prenominal possessive is itself an noun-phrase, we should expect a prenominal possessive to be able to occupy the noun-phrase slot within a larger prenominal possessive.


Example sentences
  • I show that Slavic determiners, which are always optional elements, can occur both prenominally and postnominally


Mid 17th century: from Latin praenomen, praenomin- 'first name' + -al.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources