Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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    -- Walter Scott, "Rob Roy"

    July 8, 2011