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1Adjective. Also figurative. Now historical.
2A noun used in apposition.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From noun + adjective, after post-classical Latin nomen adjectivum. Compare Middle French, French † nom adjectif.
noun adjective/ˌnaʊn ˈadʒɪktɪv/
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