Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A word, phrase, or clause, such as an adjective or prepositional phrase, forming part of a noun phrase and modifying that noun phrase. Adnominals include the participial phrase sitting on the roof in the cat sitting on the roof or the prepositional phrase in the room in everyone in the room.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In grammar, belonging to or qualifying a noun; adjectival.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Gram.) Pertaining to an adnoun; adjectival; attached to a noun.

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  • noun a word or phrase qualifying a noun, such as an adjective and a relative clause
  • adjective Of or pertaining to an adnoun

Etymologies

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analogy of adverbial to verb and noun

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adnoun + -al

Examples

  • Roddick, who has been mostly idle this summer because of an adnominal strain, was glad to get in four matches in preparation for next week.

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  • Lowdown: Still shaking off the rust from offseason adnominal surgery, Pena embarrassingly donned a Golden Sombrero in his first game of the season.

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