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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pronounnoun

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


  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.

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

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

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


  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. 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.

  2. 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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