American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. Any part of speech, or phrase, or clause thus used is a noun, or the equivalent of a noun, or used as a noun: thus, he is prodigal of ifs and buts; fare well is a mournful sound; that he is gone is true enough. Nouns are called proper, common, collective, abstract, etc. (See these words.) The older usage, and less commonly the later, make the word noun include both the noun and the adjective, distinguishing the former as noun substantive and the latter as noun adjective. Abbreviated n.
- n. grammar 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. transitive To convert a word to a noun.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Gram.) A word used as the designation or appellation of a creature or thing, existing in fact or in thought; a substantive.
- 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
- From Anglo-Norman noun, non, nom, from Latin nōmen ("name"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“A noun signifying many, is called a _collective noun_, or _noun of multitude_; as, the _people_, the _army_.”
“Surely, in this instance, the plural noun "freshes" is not formed from any such singular noun as "_fresh_," but directly from the adjective, which latter does not seem to have been ever used as a singular _noun_.”
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“That quality of crawling stealthily is the basis of the slang noun creep.”
“Shvitz as a noun is a steambath, as Mr. el-Gamal said.”
“Affect as a noun is a technical term in psychology that basically means emotion.”
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“Yes, esperanza, pinche as a noun is still in use in Spain and has been extended to the lowest level of help in many trades, but in México it is primarily an adjective.”
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