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noun

noun
\ ˈnau̇n How to pronounce noun (audio) \

Definition of noun

: any member of a class of words that typically can be combined with determiners (see determiner sense b) to serve as the subject of a verb, can be interpreted as singular or plural, can be replaced with a pronoun, and refer to an entity, quality, state, action, or concept There are two nouns in this sentence.

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What is a noun?

Nouns make up the largest class of words in most languages, including English. A noun is a word that refers to a thing (book), a person (Betty Crocker), an animal (cat), a place (Omaha), a quality (softness), an idea (justice), or an action (yodeling). It's usually a single word, but not always: cake, shoes, school bus, and time and a half are all nouns.

There are a number of different categories of nouns.

There are common nouns and proper nouns. A common noun refers to a person, place, or thing but is not the name of a particular person, place, or thing. Examples are animal, sunlight, and happiness. A proper noun is the name of a particular person, place, or thing; it usually begins with a capital letter: Abraham Lincoln, Argentina, and World War I are all proper nouns.

A collective noun is a noun that names a group of people or things, such as flock or squad. It's sometimes unclear whether the verb for a collective noun should be singular or plural. In the United States, such nouns as company, team, herd, public, and class, as well as the names of companies, teams, etc., are treated as singular, but in the United Kingdom they are often treated as plural: (US) "The team has been doing well this season." vs. (British) "The team have been doing well this season."

Gerunds are nouns that are identical to the present participle (-ing form) of a verb, as in "I enjoy swimming more than running."

An attributive noun is a noun that modifies another noun that immediately follows it, such as business in business meeting. These nouns look like adjectives but they're not.

For learners of English, the most important feature of a noun is whether it can be counted. A count noun is a noun that can be used after a or an or after a number (or another word that means "more than one"). Count nouns have both singular and plural forms and can be used with both singular and plural verb forms, as with the word letter in "A letter for you is on the table. Letters for you arrive regularly." Sometimes the plural form of a count noun is the same as its singular form, as in "I saw a deer in my yard yesterday. There are a lot of deer in the woods near my house."

A mass noun (or noncount noun) refers to something that cannot be counted. Mass nouns are normally not used after the words a or an or after a number. They have only one form and are used with singular verb forms, as in "Portuguese is one of the languages they speak," and "The information was unclear."

Some nouns are not count or mass nouns. Nouns which only ever refer to one thing are called singular nouns: "Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun," "We heard a terrible din in the alley." And a plural noun refers to more than one person or thing, or sometimes to something that has two main parts. Plural nouns have only one form and are used with plural verb forms: "Townspeople are invited to a forum on the project," "These scissors are dull."

A particular noun can have any or all of these kinds of uses.

(count) I've read that book several times.

(mass) Time seemed to stop when I saw him for the first time.

(singular) The time is 3:22.

(plural) Fuel costs three times as much as it did five years ago.

Examples of noun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The overenthusiastic guest lecturer who constructs a lengthy and banal presentation out of a series of random nouns. Today's word of the day: Byeowa [by-i-oh-wah] noun 1. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Behold, the self-declared winner of Iowa," 6 Feb. 2020 The first few pages of full-page art offer a gorgeous introduction to the concept of zoological collective nouns. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: ‘I Voted’," 24 Jan. 2020 Earlier in the show, Fallon asked his celebrity guests for a series of nouns, adjectives, verbs, phrases, expletives, etc. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Keri Russell and Jon Hamm play goofy flight attendants for Jimmy Fallon's Mad Lib Theater," 12 Dec. 2019 Amid his proliferating noun-clauses and abrupt, flashing images and scraps of speech, even thoughts appear in their immediacy as facts, objects of fleeting contemplation whose presence mutes commentary. Nose can be a noun or a verb, synonymous with smell. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Wine 101: Key terms to help you find the bottle of your dreams," 13 Sep. 2019 There are two nouns Sade uses heavily in his novels that sum up the Sadeian universe: victime and scélérat, victim and villain. Mitchell Abidor, The New York Review of Books, "Reading Sade in the Age of Epstein," 12 Feb. 2020 In Mississippi, concepts like plural nouns and three-dimensional shapes shifted down from first grade to kindergarten.

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'noun.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for noun

Middle English nowne, from Anglo-French nom, noun name, noun, from Latin nomen — more at name

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The first known use of noun was in the 14th century

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14 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Noun.” waleadership.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://waleadership.com/dictionary/noun. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce noun (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of noun

: a word that is the name of something (such as a person, animal, place, thing, quality, idea, or action) and is typically used in a sentence as subject or object of a verb or as object of a preposition

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noun
\ ˈnau̇n How to pronounce noun (audio) \

Kids Definition of noun

: a word or phrase that is the name of something (as a person, place, or thing) and that is used in a sentence especially as subject or object of a verb or as object of a preposition

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