Definition of noun in English:



  • A word (other than a pronoun) used to identify any of a class of people, places, or things (common noun), or to name a particular one of these (proper noun)

    • ‘Many English words can be nouns or verbs, with the exact same English spelling.’
    • ‘Of particular interest here is how the participants in the picture are referred to by the choice of pronouns or nouns.’
    • ‘In Swinburne's work as a whole many adjectives are used as nouns and many nouns as adjectives.’
    • ‘These children were asked to explain the meaning of some common Dutch and Turkish nouns in an extended word definition task.’
    • ‘Our first observation is that ‘father’ is a noun, and a noun is a person, place, or thing.’


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Latin nomen name.