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proper noun


a noun that denotes a particular thing; usually capitalized


communication noun (communicative processes and contents)


proper nouns

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Princeton WordNet


proper name

Definition references


Proper noun | common noun

a noun that in its primary application refers to a unique entity, such as London, Jupiter, Sarah, or Microsoft, as distinguished from a common noun, which usually refers to a class of entities, or non-unique instances of a certain class. Some proper... (42 of 4002 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

proper noun | proper name

the name of a person, place, or object, as for example "Iceland, Patrick", or "Uranus" [related adjective] onomastic (18 of 190 words)


Oxford Dictionary:

proper noun | proper name | common noun [near antonym, sense-specific]

a name used for an individual person, place, or organization, spelled with an initial capital letter, e.g. Jane, London, and Oxfam. | Grammar A group ... (24 of 132 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

proper noun [countable, linguistics] | proper nouns [plural]

a noun that names a particular person, place, or thing and begins with a capital letter. "Jane", "Africa", and "New Year" are proper nouns. (24 of 56 words)


Random House Dictionary:

proper noun [grammar] | proper name [synonym]

a noun that is not normally preceded by an article or other limiting modifier, as "any" or "some", and that is arbitrarily used to denote a particular ... (27 of 56 words)



proper noun | proper name

a noun that designates a particular being or thing, does not take a limiting modifier, and is usually capitalized in English (21 of 53 words)

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proper noun | proper nouns [plural] | proper name [synonym]

A noun denoting a particular person, place, organization, ship, animal, event, or other individual entity. (15 of 45 words)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

proper noun [specialized]

the name of a particular person, place or object that is spelt with a capital letter (16 of 36 words, 1 usage example)


American Heritage Dictionary:

proper noun | proper name

A noun belonging to the class of words used as names for unique individuals, events, or places. (17 of 24 words)


Columbia Encyclopedia:


in English, part of speech of vast semantic range. It can be used to name a person, place, thing, idea, or time. It generally functions as subject, ... (27 of 104 words)


New World Dictionary:

noun [grammar]

any of a class of words naming or denoting a person, thing, place, action, quality, etc. (Ex.: woman, water, New York, talking, beauty) (23 of 35 words)


Encarta Dictionary:

proper noun | proper nouns [plural] | proper name: proper names [plural] | proper names [plural] | proper name

the name of a specific person or thing, normally beginning with a capital letter and not used with the indefinite article or a modifier, e.g. "York," ... (26 of 46 words)

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Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

proper noun [countable, linguistics] | proper nouns [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "proper noun"


Macmillan American Dictionary:

proper noun [countable, linguistics] | proper nouns [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "proper noun"


Cambridge Dictionary:

proper noun [specialized]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "proper noun"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "proper noun"


Google Dictionary:

proper noun | proper nouns [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "proper noun"

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