Definitions for pronounˈproʊˌnaʊn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any of a small class of words used as replacements or substitutes for nouns and noun phrases, usu. referring to persons or things mentioned in or understood from the context and having very general reference, as I, you, he, she, them, this, who, what.
Ref: Abbr.: pron. 2
Origin of pronoun:
1520–30; < MF pronom < L prōnōmen (s. prōnōmin-)
a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a word such as "she", "they", or "it" that refers to a noun that was used before
A type of noun that refers anaphorically to another noun or noun phrase, but which cannot ordinarily be preceded by a determiner and rarely takes an attributive adjective. English examples include I, you, him, who, me, my, each other.
Origin: pro- + noun, modeled on pronom, from pronomen, itself a calque of ἀντωνυμία.
a word used instead of a noun or name, to avoid the repetition of it. The personal pronouns in English are I, thou or you, he, she, it, we, ye, and they
Translations for pronoun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a word used instead of a noun (or a phrase containing a noun)
`He', `it', `who', and `anything' are pronouns.
- pronomePortuguese (BR)
- das PronomenGerman
- pronomen; stedordDanish
- αντωνυμία (γραμμ.)Greek
- כּינוּי גוּףHebrew
- kata gantiIndonesian
- kata ganti namaMalay
- 代名詞Chinese (Trad.)
- اسم ضميرUrdu
- đại từVietnamese
- 代名词Chinese (Simp.)
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