American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of the class of determiners that restricts or particularizes a noun. In English, the is the definite article.
- n. grammar An article that introduces a noun and specifies it as the particular noun that is being considered; in English, the only definite article is the.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Gram.) the article
the, which is used to designate a particular person or thing, or a particular class of persons or things; -- also called a definitive. See Definitive, n.
- n. a determiner (as `the' in English) that indicates specificity of reference
“The definite article with kopher is the article of conformity”
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