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pronoun Line breaks: pro|noun
Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊnaʊn/

Definition of pronoun in English:


A word that can function as a noun phrase used by itself 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).
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  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with pronoun

Jamestown • Freetown
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