Definitions for pronounˈproʊˌnaʊn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. 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.

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: Abbr.: pron. 2

Origin of pronoun:

1520–30; < MF pronom < L prōnōmen (s. prōnōmin-)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pronoun(noun)

    a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pronoun(noun)ˈproʊˌnaʊn

    a word such as "she", "they", or "it" that refers to a noun that was used before


  1. pronoun(Noun)

    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.

  2. Origin: pro- + noun, modeled on pronom, from pronomen, itself a calque of ἀντωνυμία.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pronoun(noun)

    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


  1. Pronoun

    In linguistics and grammar, a pronoun is a word or form that substitutes for a noun or noun phrase. It is a particular case of a pro-form. Pronouns have traditionally been regarded as one of the parts of speech, although many modern theorists would not regard them as a single distinct word class, because of the variety of functions performed by words which are classed as pronouns. Common types include the personal pronouns, relative pronouns, interrogative pronouns, demonstrative pronouns and indefinite pronouns. The use of pronouns often involves anaphora, where the meaning of the pronoun is dependent on another referential element. This applies particularly to the personal pronouns. The referent of the pronoun is often the same as that of a preceding noun phrase, called the antecedent of the pronoun. For example, in the sentence That poor man looks as if he needs a new coat, the antecedent of the pronoun he is the noun phrase that poor man. Another type of antecedent is that found with relative pronouns, as in the woman who looked at you, where the woman is the antecedent of the relative pronoun who.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a word used instead of a noun (or a phrase containing a noun)

`He', `it', `who', and `anything' are pronouns.

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