Adjective "adjective" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A word naming an attribute of a noun, such as sweet, red, or technical.
  1. 'Reading becomes an exercise in spotting nouns and adjectives; there is nothing to engage or delight.'
  2. 'Use verbs, nouns and adjectives and get a copy of Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.'

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1. Grammar. any member of a class of words that modify nouns and pronouns, primarily by describing a particular quality of the word they are modifying, as wise in a wise grandmother, or perfect in a perfect score, or handsome in He is extremely handsome. Other terms, as numbers (one cup; twelve months), certain demonstrative pronouns (this magazine; those questions), and terms that impose limits (each person; no mercy) can also function adjectivally, as can some nouns that are found chiefl

More examples(as adjective)

"socialists can be adjective."

"positions can be adjective."

"yabuds can be adjective."

"whites can be adjective."

"uses can be adjective."

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Late Middle English: from Old French adjectif, -ive, from Latin adject- ‘added’, from the verb adicere, from ad- ‘towards’ + jacere ‘throw’. The term was originally used in the phrase noun adjective, translating Latin nomen adjectivum, a translation of Greek onoma epitheton ‘attributive name’.