American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The part of speech that substitutes for nouns or noun phrases and designates persons or things asked for, previously specified, or understood from the context.
- n. Any of the words within this part of speech, such as he or whom.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In grammar, a word used instead of a noun to avoid the repetition of it; a demonstrative word, pointing to a person or thing, but not describing it otherwise than by designating position, direction, relation to the speaker, or the like; one of a small body of words, in Indo-European and other families of language, coming from a few roots, different from those from which come in general verbs and nouns, and having the office of designating rather than describing: they are believed to have borne an important part in the development of inflective structure in language. They are divided into various classes: personal (doubtless originally demonstrative), as I, thou, he, etc.; possessive, which are the adjective forms of the personal, as my, thy, his, etc.; demonstrative, as this, that, etc.; interrogative, as who, what, etc.; relative (which are always either demonstratives or interrogatives with changed office, implying an antecedent to which they refer or relate), as that, which, who, etc.; and indefinite, which are of various meaning, and shade off into ordinary nouns, as each, either, some, any, such, etc. Abbreviated pr., pron.
- n. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Gram.) A word used instead of a noun or name, to avoid the repetition of it. The personal pronouns in English are
I, thouor you, he, she, it, we, ye, and they.
- n. a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase
- pro- + noun, modeled on Middle French pronom, from Latin pronomen, itself a calque of Ancient Greek ἀντωνυμία (antōnumia). (Wiktionary)
- Late Middle English pronoun, pronoune, partial translation of Latin prōnōmen (translation of Greek antōnumiā, interchange of names, pronoun) : prō-, pro- + nōmen, name, noun; see noun. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Finally, by means of the pupil's former knowledge of the subjective and pronoun functions, the teacher assures himself that the pupil appreciates clearly the _pronoun_ function of the word _who_.”
“When the word _ever_ or _soever_ is annexed to a relative pronoun, the combination is called a _compound pronoun_; as, _whoever_ or _whosoever, whichever_ or _whichsoever, whatever_ or _whatsoever_.”
“A pronoun that connects an _adjective clause_ with a substantive is called a _relative pronoun_, and the substantive for which the relative pronoun stands is called its _antecedent_.”
“The formal pronoun is very, very common in Colombia, is used even among family members and when I was growing up, was almost the exclusive pronoun used.”
“The fixing of a key-speaker pronoun is the starting point for portraying perceptions and from this various narrative patterns take shape.”
“At the Faithworkers Branch of Unite annual general meeting some of my colleagues have reported stories of the retaliatory attacks in such circumstances. the clash between the singular subject and the plural reflexive pronoun is stunning.”
“But in the second stanza, descriptive of the self (and where the first-person pronoun is first-introduced), these harmonies dissolve, and the poem becomes a syncopated lament, an untimely moan:”
“To me, that's one way to find out if a tutor knows a pronoun from the same word acting as an adjective.”
“In the subject of grammar, for instance, a first lesson on the pronoun may be viewed as a conceptual lesson, since the child gains an idea of a class of words, as indicated by the new general term pronoun, this term representing the result of a conceptual process.”
“On the other hand, a pronoun is a way of not being precise about such things as location, emergence, faith, hope, or love:”
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