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A word or phrase naming an attribute, added to or grammatically related to a noun to modify or describe it.
- ‘An important reason for this is that most nouns and most adjectives have rather complex semantic structures.’
- ‘Firstly I think one of the big problems is the use of descriptive adjectives as nouns.’
- ‘Use verbs, nouns and adjectives and get a copy of Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.’
- ‘In Swinburne's work as a whole many adjectives are used as nouns and many nouns as adjectives.’
- ‘Reading becomes an exercise in spotting nouns and adjectives; there is nothing to engage or delight.’
Late Middle English: from Old French adjectif, -ive, from Latin adject- added from the verb adjicere, from ad- toward + jacere throw The term was originally used in the phrase noun adjective, translating Latin nomen adjectivum, the latter being a translation of Greek onoma epitheton attributive name.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.