pronoun

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pro- +‎ noun, modeled on Middle French pronom, from Latin pronomen, itself a calque of Ancient Greek ᾰ̓ντωνῠμῐ́ᾱ (antōnumíā).

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pronoun (plural pronouns)

  1. (grammar) A type of noun that refers anaphorically to another noun or noun phrase, but which cannot ordinarily be preceded by a determiner and rarely takes an attributive adjective. English examples include I, you, him, who, me, my, each other.
    • 2013, Nicholas Brownless, “Spoken Discourse in Early English Newspapers”, in Joad Raymond, editor, News Networks in Seventeenth Century Britain and Europe, page 72:
      As here the possessive pronoun 'our' has inclusive reference in that it a priori includes both the editor and reader, its presense amounts to a kind of pronominal bonding between writer and reader.
    • 2014, N. M. Gwynne, Gwynne's Latin: The Ultimate Introduction to Latin Including the Latin in Everyday English, Random House (ebook without page numbers):
      Meus and tuus are called adjectival pronouns – or alternatively possessive adjectives.

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