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ˈproʊˌnaʊnpro·noun

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pronounnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. pronounnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pronounnoun

    I, thou, he; we, ye, they, are names given to persons, and used instead of their proper names, from whence they had the name of pronouns, as though they were not nouns themselves, but used instead of nouns. John Clarke Lat. Gram.

    Etymology: pronom, Fr. pronomen, Lat.

Wikipedia

  1. Pronoun

    In linguistics and grammar, a pronoun (abbreviated PRO) is a word or a group of words that one may substitute for a noun or noun phrase. Pronouns have traditionally been regarded as one of the parts of speech, but some modern theorists would not consider them to form a single class, in view of the variety of functions they perform cross-linguistically. An example of a pronoun is "you", which can be either singular or plural. Subtypes include personal and possessive pronouns, reflexive and reciprocal pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, relative and interrogative pronouns, and indefinite pronouns.: 1–34 The use of pronouns often involves anaphora, where the meaning of the pronoun is dependent on an antecedent. For example, in the sentence That poor man looks as if he needs a new coat, the meaning of the pronoun he is dependent on its antecedent, that poor man. The name of the adjective that belongs with a "pronoun" is called a "pronominal". A pronominal is also a word or phrase that acts as a pronoun. For example, in That's not the one I wanted, the phrase the one (containing the prop-word one) is a pronominal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pronounnoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [Pref. pro- + noun: cf. F. pronom, L. pronomen. See Noun.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pronoun

    prō′nown, n. a word used instead of a noun.—adj. Pronom′inal, belonging to, or of the nature of, a pronoun.—adv. Pronom′inally.

Editors Contribution

  1. pronoun

    A word that can function as a noun relating to the context of language being communicated.

    Something, anything, which, that etc. are all pronouns as the context of the grammar gives an intuitive understanding of what is being expressed.


    Submitted by MaryC on April 8, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pronoun in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pronoun in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of pronoun in a Sentence

  1. Suzy Johnson:

    I just know that my daughter — when I picked her up, she was really upset because when they first got there…counselors said their name, where they're from, what their favorite animal is — which is something kids can relate to — and then whether they identify as a pronoun. … My daughter is not ready to think about that stuff. She's in fifth grade, 11 years old, learning about science, taking astronomy classes.

  2. Glenn Youngkin:

    They think that parents have no right to know what Glenn Youngkin child is discussing with their teacher, or their counselor, particularly when some of the most important topics, most important topics that a child may want to discuss, are being determined. What's their name ? What pronoun will they use ? How are they going to express their gender ?

  3. Michael Burke:

    If faculty or advisors are inadvertently outing someone by using a name or pronoun that doesn't reflect their authentic self, that is a problem.

  4. John Lovell:

    [On] my Instagram profile, my pronoun is listed as attack helicopter, so you can let everyone know exactly where you are.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. indiscernible
    • B. occlusive
    • C. adscripted
    • D. defiant

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