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common noun

noun

Simple Definition of common noun

  • : a word (such as “singer,” “ocean,” or “car”) that refers to a person, place, or thing but that is not the name of a particular person, place, or thing

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of common noun

  1. :  a noun that may occur with limiting modifiers (as a or an, some, every, and my) and that designates any one of a class of beings or things


COMMON NOUN Defined for Kids

common noun

noun

Definition of common noun for Students

  1. :  a noun that names a class of persons or things or any individual of a class and that may occur with a limiting modifier (as a, the, some, or every) <The words “child,” “city,” and “day” are common nouns.>




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