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adjective

noun

  1. (modifier)  a word that expresses an attribute of something
    Synonyms: a. [acronym], adj. [abbreviation]. Topic: grammar. Type of: modifier
  2. (major form class)  the word class that qualifies nouns
    Synonyms: a. [acronym], adj. [abbreviation]. Topic: grammar. Type of: major form class

adjective

  1. (adjectival)  of, relating to, or functioning as an adjective
    Synonyms: adjectival, a. [acronym], adj. [abbreviation].
  2. (law)  relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law
    Synonyms: procedural. Topic: law

Etymology summary

as an adjective, in noun adjective, from Old French adjectif (14th century),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Adjective

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 ... (39 of 2785 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Adjective

Collins Dictionary:

adjective | adj [synonym, sense-specific]

a word imputing a characteristic to a noun or pronoun | [modifier] adj | additional or dependent | (of law) relating to court practice and procedure, ... (23 of 527 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/adjective

Oxford Dictionary:

adjective | adjectival [derived] | adjectivally [derived]

Syllabification: (ad·jec·tive) | [grammar] | a word or phrase naming an attribute, added to or grammatically related to a noun to modify or describe ... (22 of 491 words, 3 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/adjective

adjective [grammar] | adjectival [derived] | adjectivally [derived]

a word naming an attribute of a noun, such as sweet, red, or technical. Grammar Adjectives are words that refer to the qualities of people, things, or ... (27 of 472 words, 17 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/adjective

Columbia Encyclopedia:

adjective

English part of speech, one of the two that refer typically to attributes and together are called modifiers. The other kind of modifier is the adverb. ... (26 of 122 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0802508​.html

American Heritage Dictionary:

adjective | a. [abbreviation] | limen | limens [plural] | limina [plural] | adjectively [adverb, related]

The part of speech that modifies a noun or other substantive by limiting, ... | Any of the words belonging to this part of speech, such as "white" in ... (28 of 120 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/adjective

Wiktionary:

adjective | adjectived [past tense] | adjectiving [present participle] | adjectives [3rd-person singular present] | dependent [synonym, sense-specific] | derivative [synonym, sense-specific] | adjectival [synonym, sense-specific] | procedural [synonym, sense-specific] | substantive [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

[obsolete] Incapable of independent function. | [grammar] Adjectival; pertaining to or functioning as an adjective. | [law] Applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure. | [chemistry, dye] Needing the use of a mordant to be made fast to... (37 of 106 words, 7 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/adjective

Random House Dictionary:

adjective

[grammar] any member of a class of words that in many languages are ... | pertaining to or functioning as an adjective; adjectival. | not able to ... (25 of 96 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/adjective

Merriam-Webster:

adjective [entry 1, adjective] | dependent [synonym, sense-specific] | procedural [synonym, sense-specific] | adjectively [adverb, related]

of, relating to, or functioning as an adjective | not standing by itself; "dependent" | requiring or employing a mordant | "procedural" (19 of 80 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/adjective

adjective [entry 2, noun]

a word belonging to one of the major form classes in any of numerous languages and typically serving as a modifier of a noun to denote a quality of ... (29 of 94 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/adjective show=1

New World Dictionary:

adjective | adjectively [adverb, related]

any of a class of words used to modify a noun or other substantive, as by ... | of an adjective | having the nature or function of an adjective | ... (28 of 90 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/adjective

Macmillan British Dictionary:

adjective [countable, linguistics] | adjectives [plural]

a word used for describing a noun or pronoun. The word "big" in "a big house" is an adjective. (19 of 46 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/adjective

Cambridge Dictionary:

adjective | adjectival [adjective, derived] | adjectivally [adverb, derived]

a word that describes a noun or pronoun (8 of 39 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/adjective

Encarta Dictionary:

adjective | adjectives [plural]

a word that describes or qualifies a noun or pronoun | relating to, forming, or functioning as an adjective | relating to court practice and procedure ... (24 of 83 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583689​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

adjective

First use: late 14th century

Origin: as an adjective, in noun adjective, from Old French adjectif (14th century), from Latin adjectivum "that is added to (the noun)," ... (24 of 105 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=adjective

Oxford Dictionary:

adjective

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French adjectif, -ive, from Latin adject- "added", from the verb adjicere, from ad- ... (18 of 46 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/adjective

adjective [grammar]

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French adjectif, -ive, from Latin adject- "added", from the verb adicere, from ad- ... (18 of 43 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/adjective

Collins Dictionary:

adjective

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Late Latin adjectīvus attributive, from adjicere to throw to, add, from ad- to + jacere to throw; in grammatical ... (22 of 30 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/adjective

Wiktionary:

adjective | adjectived [past tense] | adjectiving [present participle] | adjectives [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old French adjectif, from Latin adiectīvum, from ad ("next to") + -iect-, perfect passive participle of iaciō ("throw") + -īvus, adjective ending; hence, a word "thrown next to" a noun, modifying it.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/adjective

American Heritage Dictionary:

adjective

Origin: Middle English, from Old French adjectif, from Late Latin adiectīvus, from adiectus, past participle of adicere, to add ... (18 of 29 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/adjective

New World Dictionary:

adjective

Origin: Middle English and Old French adjectif from Latin adjectivus, that is added from adjectus, past participle of adjicere, to ... (19 of 29 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/adjective

Merriam-Webster:

adjective [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French adjectif, from Late Latin adjectivus, from Latin adjectus, past ... (19 of 30 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/adjective

Encarta Dictionary:

adjective | adjectives [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French adjectif from Latin adjectivus from adjicere "throw to" from jacere "to throw"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583689​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

adjective | adjectived [past tense] | adjectiving [present participle] | adjectives [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "adjective"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/adjective

Collins Dictionary:

adjective

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "adjective"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "adjective"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/adjective

Macmillan British Dictionary:

adjective [countable, linguistics] | adjectives [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "adjective"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/adjective

Macmillan American Dictionary:

adjective [countable, linguistics] | adjectives [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "adjective"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/adjective

Cambridge Dictionary:

adjective

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "adjective"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "adjective"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/adjective

the Free Dictionary:

adjective

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "adjective"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "adjective"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "adjective" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/adjective

Google Dictionary:

adjective | adjectives [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "adjective"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

adjective

Audio: North American pronunciation of "adjective"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=adject​03 word=adjective

YourDictionary Audio:

adjective

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "adjective" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/adjective

freedictionary.org:

Adjective

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Adjective" by speech synthesizer

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