Definition of adjective
Origin of adjective
Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French adjectif, from Late Latin adjectivus, from Latin adjectus, past participle of adjicere to throw to, from ad- + jacere to throw — more at jet
First Known Use: 14th century
Simple Definition of adjective
: a word that describes a noun or a pronoun
Full Definition of adjective
: 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 the thing named, to indicate its quantity or extent, or to specify a thing as distinct from something else
Examples of adjective in a sentence
The words blue in “the blue car,” deep in “the water is deep,” and tired in “I'm very tired” are adjectives.
First Known Use of adjective
ADJECTIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of adjective for Students
: a word that says something about a noun or pronoun <In the phrases “good people,” “someone good,” “it's good to be here,” and “they seem very good” the word “good” is an adjective.>
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