from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The part of speech that is used to name a person, place, thing, quality, or action and can function as the subject or object of a verb, the object of a preposition, or an appositive.
- n. Any of the words belonging to this part of speech, such as neighbor, window, happiness, or negotiation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- v. To convert a word to a noun.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A word used as the designation or appellation of a creature or thing, existing in fact or in thought; a substantive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In grammar, a name; a word that denotes a thing, material or immaterial; a part of speech that admits of being used as subject or object of a verb, or of being governed by a preposition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a content word that can be used to refer to a person, place, thing, quality, or action
- n. the word class that can serve as the subject or object of a verb, the object of a preposition, or in apposition
Middle English, name, noun, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin nōmen (translation of Greek onoma, name, noun); see nŏ̄-men- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman noun, non, nom, from Latin nōmen ("name"). (Wiktionary)