double possessive

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Noun[edit]

double possessive (plural double possessives)

  1. (grammar) Two or more consecutive nouns in the possessive case, as with "St. Paul's Cathedral's vergers"; discouraged on grounds of style.
  2. Combination of the periphrastic possessive, "of x" with the possessive inflection of a noun. For example, "A friend of John's".