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    • [ad-noun]
    • /ˈædˌnaʊn/
    • /ədnˈaʊn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-noun]
    • /ˈædˌnaʊn/

Definitions of adnoun word

  • noun adnoun an adjective used as a noun; absolute adjective 3
  • noun adnoun an adjective used as a noun, as meek in Blessed are the meek; absolute adjective. 1
  • noun adnoun (grammar) An adjective used as a noun. 1
  • noun adnoun (grammar) an adjective used as a noun (sensu stricto), an absolute adjective. 0
  • noun adnoun (grammar, dated) an adjective. 0

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Origin of adnoun

First appearance:

before 1745
One of the 47% newest English words
First recorded in 1745-55; ad(jective) + noun

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Parts of speech for Adnoun


adnoun popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 54% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

adnoun usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adnoun

noun adnoun

  • dependent — To be dependent on something or someone means to need them in order to succeed or be able to survive.
  • attribute — If you attribute something to an event or situation, you think that it was caused by that event or situation.
  • accessory — Accessories are items of equipment that are not usually essential, but which can be used with or added to something else in order to make it more efficient, useful, or decorative.
  • adjunct — Something that is an adjunct to something larger or more important is connected with it or helps to perform the same task.
  • modifier — a person or thing that modifies.

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