noun Etymology: Middle English nowne, from Anglo-French nom, noun name, noun, from Latin nomen — more at name Date: 14th century any member of a class of words that typically can be combined with determiners to serve as the subject of a verb, can be interpreted as singular or plural, can be replaced with a pronoun, and refer to an entity, quality, state, action, or concept

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