pronoun
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pronomin-, pronomen, from pro- for + nomin-, nomen name — more at pro-, name Date: 1530 any of a small set of words in a language that are used as substitutes for nouns or noun phrases and whose referents are named or understood in the context

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  • Pronoun — Pro noun, n. [Pref. pro + noun: cf. F. pronom, L. pronomen. See {Noun}.] (Gram.) A word used instead of a noun or name, to avoid the repetition of it. The personal pronouns in English are I, thou or you, he, she, it, we, ye, and they. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pronoun — 1520s, from PRO (Cf. pro ) and NOUN (Cf. noun); modeled on M.Fr. pronom, from L. pronomen, from pro in place of + nomen name, noun. A loan translation of Gk. antonymia. Adj. pronomial is recorded from 1640s …   Etymology dictionary

  • pronoun — ► NOUN ▪ a word used instead of a noun to indicate someone or something already mentioned or known, e.g. I, she, this …   English terms dictionary

  • pronoun — [prō′noun΄] n. [altered (infl. by NOUN) < MFr pronom < L pronomen < pro, for + nomen, NOUN] Gram. any of a small class of relationship or signal words that assume the functions of nouns within clauses or phrases while referring to other… …   English World dictionary

  • Pronoun — ExamplesSidebar|35% * I love you. * She turned and stared at them. * That reminds me of something. * Who says so? * Take it or leave it (Impersonal pronoun).In linguistics and grammar, a pronoun is a pro form that substitutes for a (including a… …   Wikipedia

  • pronoun — pro|noun [ˈprəunaun US ˈprou ] n [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: pro + noun, on the model of Latin pronomen pronoun , from nomen name ] a word that is used instead of a noun or noun phrase, such as he instead of Peter or the man →↑demonstrative pronoun …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pronoun — [[t]pro͟ʊnaʊn[/t]] pronouns N COUNT A pronoun is a word that you use to refer to someone or something when you do not need to use a noun, often because the person or thing has been mentioned earlier. Examples are it , she , something , and myself …   English dictionary

  • pronoun — n. a demonstrative; indefinite; interrogative; personal; possessive; reflexive; relative pronoun * * * indefinite interrogative personal possessive reflexive relative pronoun a demonstrative …   Combinatory dictionary

  • pronoun — noun (C) a word that is used instead of a noun or noun phrase, such as he instead of Peter or instead of the man see also: demonstrative pronoun, personal pronoun …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pronoun */ — UK [ˈprəʊnaʊn] / US [ˈproʊˌnaʊn] noun [countable] Word forms pronoun : singular pronoun plural pronouns linguistics a word used instead of a noun for referring to a person or thing that has been mentioned earlier, for example she , they , that ,… …   English dictionary

  • pronoun —   word used in place of a noun or nouns. In I like walking and reading; such are my pleasures, such is a pronoun standing for reading and walking. Pronouns have been variously grouped by different authorities. Among the more common groupings are… …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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