Definitions for adjective
ˈædʒ ɪk tɪvad·jec·tive
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word adjective.
a word that expresses an attribute of something
the word class that qualifies nouns
of or relating to or functioning as an adjective
"adjectival syntax"; "an adjective clause"
relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law
A word that modifies a noun or describes a noun's referent.
The words big and heavy are English adjectives.
Incapable of independent function.
Adjectival; pertaining to or functioning as an adjective.
Applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A word added to a noun, to signify the addition or separation of some quality, circumstance, or manner of being; as, good, bad, are adjectives, because, in speech, they are applied to nouns, to modify their signification, or intimate the manner of existence in the things signified thereby. John Clarke Latin Gram.
Etymology: adjectivum, Lat.
All the versification of Claudian is included within the compass of four or five lines; perpetually closing his sense at the end of a verse, and that verse commonly which they call golden, or two substantives and two adjectives, with a verb betwixt them, to keep the peace. Dryd.
In linguistics, an adjective (abbreviated adj) is a word that modifies a noun or noun phrase or describes its referent. Its semantic role is to change information given by the noun. Traditionally, adjectives were considered one of the main parts of speech of the English language, although historically they were classed together with nouns. Nowadays, certain words that usually had been classified as adjectives, including the, this, my, etc., typically are classed separately, as determiners.
An adjective is a word or phrase that describes or modifies a noun or pronoun by providing additional information about its qualities, characteristics, or attributes. It is used to give more details and enhance the meaning of the noun or pronoun in a sentence.
added to a substantive as an attribute; of the nature of an adjunct; as, an adjective word or sentence
not standing by itself; dependent
relating to procedure
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
a dependent; an accessory
to make an adjective of; to form or change into an adjective
Etymology: [See Adjective, n.]
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
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.]
A describing word.
We use an adjective to describe.
Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020
Adjective vs. Adverb -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Adjective and Adverb.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'adjective' in Nouns Frequency: #3013
The numerical value of adjective in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of adjective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.
The adjective `abnormal’ is judgmental, i don’t think it should appear in a psychiatry manual.
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.
Yes, I know it makes great TV. I think the guy went way overboard -- offensive, outrageous, pick your adjective, but what Marco Rubio said has as much of an impact in terms of where the Republican Party is today as anybody on that stage, and it is deeply troubling. And it should be to the press, not just to those of us who have been doing this work for so long.
I think the adjective post-modernist really means mannerist. Books about books is fun but frivolous.
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- byvoeglik, byvoeglike naamwoordAfrikaans
- وَصْفِيّ, نَعْتِيّ, نعت, اجرائي, صفةArabic
- прилагателно имеBulgarian
- adjectiuCatalan, Valencian
- přídavné jménoCzech
- паллă ячĕChuvash
- tillægsord, adjektivDanish
- Wiewort, Adjektiv, Eigenschaftswort, formal, Beiwort, adjektivischGerman
- επίθετο, επιθετικόςGreek
- adjektiva, adjektivoEsperanto
- adjetivar, adjetivoSpanish
- adjektiiv, omadussõnaEstonian
- adjektibo, izenondoBasque
- وصفی, صفتPersian
- laatusana, adjektiivi, adjektiivinenFinnish
- adjectif, adjetiver, procédureFrench
- eigenskip oantsjuttend, protokol, eigenskipswurdWestern Frisian
- aidiacht, aidiachtachIrish
- buadhairScottish Gaelic
- שם תואר, תואר השםHebrew
- melléknévi, melléknévHungarian
- adjective, adjectival, adjectivoInterlingua
- kata sifat, adjektivaIndonesian
- aggettivale, aggettivoItalian
- 依存性, 手続き上, 形容詞, 形容動詞, 形容する, 非独立性Japanese
- ზედსართავი სახელი, სახელიGeorgian
- сын есімKazakh
- 형용사, 形容詞Korean
- hanow gwanCornish
- сын атоочKyrgyz
- verbum adiectum, adiectivusLatin
- bievooglik naamwaordLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
- adjektīvs, īpašības vārdsLatvian
- придавка, придавски, придавенMacedonian
- тэмдэг нэрMongolian
- kata sifatMalay
- bijvoeglijk naamwoord, bijvoeglijk, adjectief, adjectivisch, formeelDutch
- adjektivNorwegian Nynorsk
- przymiotnik, przymiotnikowyPolish
- adjetivo, adjectivo, adjetivarPortuguese
- sutip rampaqninQuechua
- adjectiv, adjectival, adjectivăRomanian
- прилагательное, имя прилагательное, прилагательныйRussian
- pridjev, придев, придјев, pridevSerbo-Croatian
- prídavné menoSlovak
- pridevniški, pridevnikSlovene
- mbiemër, adjektivAlbanian
- kivumishi, tashbihi, sifaSwahili
- คุณศัพท์, คำคุณศัพท์Thai
- sıfat, ön adTurkish
- بشیشن, صفتUrdu
- có tính chất tính từ, tính từVietnamese
- ladyekik, ladyekVolapük
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