What does adjective mean?

Definitions for adjective
ˈædʒ ɪk tɪvad·jec·tive

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. adjective(Noun)

    A word that modifies a noun or describes a noun's referent.

    The words u201Cbigu201D and u201Cheavyu201D are English adjectives.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. adjective(Adjective)

    Incapable of independent function.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. adjective(Adjective)

    Adjectival; pertaining to or functioning as an adjective.

    Etymology: 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.

  4. adjective(Adjective)

    Applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure.

    adjective law

    Etymology: 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.

  5. adjective(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [See Adjective, n.]

  2. Adjective(noun)

    not standing by itself; dependent

    Etymology: [See Adjective, n.]

  3. Adjective(noun)

    relating to procedure

    Etymology: [See Adjective, n.]

  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

    Etymology: [See Adjective, n.]

  5. Adjective(noun)

    a dependent; an accessory

    Etymology: [See Adjective, n.]

  6. Adjective(verb)

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

    Etymology: [See Adjective, n.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adjective

    ad′jek-tiv, n. a word added to a noun to qualify it, or limit it by reference to quality, number, or position.—adj. Adjectīv′al.—adv. Ad′jectively. [L. adjectivum (nomen), an added (noun)—adjicĕre, -jectum, to throw to, to add—ad, to, jacĕre, to throw.]

Editors Contribution

  1. adjective

    A describing word.

    We use an adjective to describe.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce adjective?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say adjective in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adjective in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adjective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of adjective in a Sentence

  1. Peter Doocy:

    Their favorite adjective is Kennedyesque, they all talk about his hair and his teeth, they talk about no substance, nothing about his record, they don’t talk about his being open to abolishing [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], they don’t talk about his wanting to impeach the president.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    The adjective ‘decent’ and the noun ‘government’ have seldom come together in the human history!

  3. Terrence Howard:

    Oh, it could mean love; sometimes it's a noun; sometimes it's a verb; sometimes it's an adjective; it's all, there's a spirit attached to it, you know, my dad uses it. My brothers use it. I use it. I'm sitting here, I'm hoping maybe I won't use it with my son, but I don't know if I'll be honest if I didn't use it with my son. You know, my friends use it. I call my white friends 'what's up, my n****?' You know, that's, it has taken on this term to us, but it's blown out of proportion outside the world, so I don't know.

  4. Christian Joyal:

    The adjective `abnormal’ is judgmental, i don’t think it should appear in a psychiatry manual.

  5. Taylor Pennington:

    Perfection is an adjective, not a state of being.

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