Definitions for Adjectiveˈædʒ ɪk tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ad•jec•tiveˈædʒ ɪk tɪv(n.)

  1. a member of a class of words functioning as modifiers of nouns, typically by describing, delimiting, or specifying quantity, as nice in a nice day, other in other people, or all in all dogs, and in many languages distinguished by formal characteristics, as often in English by the ability to be used in comparative and superlative forms.

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: Abbr.: adj. 2

  2. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or functioning as an adjective; adjectival:

    an adjective phrase.

    Category: Grammar

  3. not able to stand alone; dependent.

  4. Law. pertaining to rules of procedure, rather than those of right

    Category: Law

    Ref: (opposed to substantive ).

  5. (of dye colors) requiring a mordant or the like to render them permanent

    Category: Textiles

    Ref: (opposed to substantive ).

Origin of adjective:

1350–1400; ME < LL adjectīvum, neut. of adjectīvus= L adject(us), ptp. of ad(j)icere to attach, add (ad-ad - +-(j)icere, comb. form of jacere to throw) +-īvus -ive


Princeton's WordNet

  1. adjective(noun)

    a word that expresses an attribute of something

  2. adjective(adj)

    the word class that qualifies nouns

  3. adjectival, adjective(adj)

    of or relating to or functioning as an adjective

    "adjectival syntax"; "an adjective clause"

  4. adjective, procedural(adj)

    relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law

    "adjective law"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. adjective(noun)ˈædʒ ɪk tɪv

    a word that describes a noun or a pronoun


  1. adjective(Noun)

    A word that modifies a noun or describes a nounu2019s referent.

    The words u201Cbigu201D and u201Cheavyu201D are English adjectives.

  2. adjective(Adjective)

    Incapable of independent function.

  3. adjective(Adjective)

    Adjectival; pertaining to or functioning as an adjective.

  4. adjective(Adjective)

    Applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure.

    adjective law

  5. adjective(Adjective)

    Of a dye that needs the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed.

  6. Origin: From adjectif, from adiectivus, from ad + iectus, perfect passive participle of iacio + -ivus, adjective ending; hence, a word "thrown next to" a noun, modifying it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adjective(noun)

    added to a substantive as an attribute; of the nature of an adjunct; as, an adjective word or sentence

  2. Adjective(noun)

    not standing by itself; dependent

  3. Adjective(noun)

    relating to procedure

  4. Adjective(noun)

    a word used with a noun, or substantive, to express a quality of the thing named, or something attributed to it, or to limit or define it, or to specify or describe a thing, as distinct from something else. Thus, in phrase, "a wise ruler," wise is the adjective, expressing a property of ruler

  5. Adjective(noun)

    a dependent; an accessory

  6. Adjective(verb)

    to make an adjective of; to form or change into an adjective


  1. Adjective

    In grammar, an adjective is a 'describing' word; the main syntactic role of which is to qualify a noun or noun phrase, giving more information about the object signified. Adjectives are one of the traditional eight English parts of speech, although linguists today distinguish adjectives from words such as determiners that formerly were considered to be adjectives. In this paragraph, "traditional" is an adjective, and in the preceding paragraph, "main" is.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Adjective' in Nouns Frequency: #3013

Translations for Adjective

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a word which describes a noun

a; air which is

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