noun

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From Anglo-Norman noun, non, nom, from Latin nōmen (name).

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noun (plural nouns)

  1. (grammar, narrow sense) A word that can be used to refer to a person, animal, place, thing, phenomenon, substance, quality, or idea; one of the basic parts of speech in many languages, including English.
  2. (grammar, rare, broad sense) Either a word that can be used to refer to a person, animal, place, thing, phenomenon, substance, quality or idea, or a word that modifies or describes a previous word or its referent.
    • 1753, Thomas Martin, An Explanation of the Accidence and Grammar To the End of the Syntax in which The Grounds of each Rule in the Syntax are laid down in the plainest Manner. Compiled By way of Question and Answer, For the Use of Schools., London, p.1:
      Q. What is a Noun? A. The Name of a Thing. Q. How many Sorts of Nouns are there? [...] A. A Noun Substantive, and a Noun Adjective.
    • 1786, Signor Veneroni, The Complete Italian Master; Containing The best and easiest Rules for attaining that Language, London, p.6:
      A Noun is a word which serves to name and distinguish some thing; [...]. There are two sorts of nouns; one is called a noun substantive, and the other a noun adjective.
    • 1956, Herbert Weir Smyth & Gordon M. Messing, Greek Grammar, Cambridge, Havard University Press, p.44 (189. Parts of Speech.):
      Greek has the following parts of speech: substantives, adjectives, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and particles. In this Grammar noun is used to include both the substantive and the adjective.
    • 1894/2008, B. L. Gildersleeve & G. Lodge, Gildersleeve's Latin Grammar, reprint by Dover from 2008, originally from third edition from 1894, p.9:
      The Parts of Speech are the Noun (Substantive and Adjective), the Pronoun, the Verb, and the Particles (Adverb, Preposition, and Conjunction)[.]
    • 1993, Arthur Anthony Macdonell, A Vedic Grammar For Students, First Indian Edition, Delhi, p.283:
      The parts of which the sentence may consist are either inflected words: the noun (substantive and adjective) and the verb, the participle which shares the nature of both, and the pronoun; or uninflected words: prepositions, adverbs, and conjunctions.“

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  • noun at OneLook Dictionary Search

Verb[edit]

noun (third-person singular simple present nouns, present participle nouning, simple past and past participle nouned)

  1. (transitive) To convert a word to a noun.
    • 1992, Lewis Acrelius Froman, Language and Power: Books III, IV, and V
      For example, that females are different from but equal to males is oxymoronic by virtue of the nouned status of female and male as kinds of persons.
    • 2000, Andrew J. DuBrin, The complete idiot's guide to leadership
      However, too much nouning makes you sound bureaucratic, immature, and verbally challenged. Top executives convert far fewer nouns into verbs than do workers at lower levels.

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Determiner[edit]

noun

  1. third person singular possessive; his, hers, its (used with a special class of objects including living things and large objects)
  2. son of, daughter of

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Latin non.

Adverb[edit]

noun

  1. (Mistralian) no

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Noun[edit]

noun m (oblique plural nouns, nominative singular nouns, nominative plural noun)

  1. Alternative form of nom

Vilamovian[edit]

Vilamovian cardinal numbers
 <  8 9 10  > 
    Cardinal : noun

Alternative forms[edit]

  • naojn (Józef Gara's orthography)

Etymology[edit]

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Numeral[edit]

noun

  1. (cardinal) nine