Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That is placed before a noun

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving as a prefix in a compound name.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the prænomen; generic, as a name of an animal which precedes its specific name.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of adjectives; placed before the nouns they modify

Etymologies

pre- +‎ nominal (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And, if I understand correctly, prenominal phrasal adjectives are hyphenated–making them one word.

    How important is college? - 22 Words

  • One man said we were prenominal, [B] or something or other like that -- I should worry.

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels

  • And prenominal genitive determiner noun phrases are not adjectives, so to think that they can't be antecedents of pronouns for that reason is even madder than merely imagining that some obscure rule is being violated.

    Language Log

  • Hence I’m wondering if I used a phrasal adjective correctly and have no clue what prenominal means even after Googling it.

    How important is college? - 22 Words

  • This last point isn’t at all trivial, in view of the odd property of superlatives that they are acceptable as prenominal modifiers in many cases in which the corresponding simple and comparative forms aren’t: You can say the closest bank to my house but not a close bank to my house or a closer bank to my house than the Deadwood Trust.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • (adj): prenominal), pacifistic, dovish -- (opposed to war

    Errata: The Wordie Blog

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