proper adjective
noun Date: 1905 an adjective that is formed from a proper noun and that is usually capitalized in English

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  • Proper adjective — In English usage, a proper adjective is an adjective that takes an initial capital letter. A common adjective is an adjective that is not a proper adjective. The term is used informally only; it is not used by grammarians or linguists. Contents 1 …   Wikipedia

  • proper adjective — noun An adjective derived from a proper noun, such as British derived from Britain. These two general classes of adjectives may also be divided into several others, of which the following are the most important: 1. A proper adjective is one that… …   Wiktionary

  • proper adjective — Gram. an adjective formed from a proper noun, as American from America. [1900 05] * * * …   Universalium

  • proper adjective — prop′er ad′jective n. oce gram. an adjective formed from a proper noun, as American from America[/ex] • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • proper adjective — noun : an adjective that is formed from a proper noun, takes its meaning from what is characteristic of the being or thing named by the noun, and is usually capitalized in English …   Useful english dictionary

  • proper — ► ADJECTIVE 1) truly what something is said or regarded to be; genuine. 2) (after a noun ) strictly so called: the World Cup proper. 3) suitable or appropriate; correct. 4) respectable, especially excessively so. 5) (proper to) belonging or… …   English terms dictionary

  • Adjective — Examples That s an interesting idea. (attributive) That idea is interesting. (predicative) Tell me something interesting. (postpositive) The good, the bad, and the ugly. (substantive) In grammar, an adjective is a describing word; the main… …   Wikipedia

  • proper — /ˈprɒpə / (say propuh) adjective 1. adapted or appropriate to the purpose or circumstances; fit; suitable: the proper time to plant. 2. conforming to established standards of behaviour or manners; correct or decorous. 3. fitting; right. 4.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • proper — properly, adv. properness, n. /prop euhr/, adj. 1. adapted or appropriate to the purpose or circumstances; fit; suitable: the proper time to plant strawberries. 2. conforming to established standards of behavior or manners; correct or decorous: a …   Universalium

  • proper — [präp′ər] adj. [ME propre < OFr < L proprius, one s own] 1. specially adapted or suitable to a specific purpose or specific conditions; appropriate [the proper tool for a job] 2. naturally belonging or peculiar (to) [weather proper to… …   English World dictionary

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