noun de·ter·min·er \-ˈtər-mə-nər\

grammar : a word (such as “a,” “the,” “some,” “any,” “my,” or “your”) that comes before a noun and is used to show which thing is being referred to

Full Definition of DETERMINER

:  one that determines: as
a :  gene
b :  a word (as an article, possessive, demonstrative, or quantifier) that makes specific the denotation of a noun phrase

First Known Use of DETERMINER

circa 1530
DETERMINER Defined for Kids


noun de·ter·min·er \di-ˈtər-mə-nər\

Definition of DETERMINER for Kids

:  a word belonging to a group of noun modifiers that can occur before descriptive adjectives modifying the same noun <“The” in “the red house” is a determiner.>
Medical Dictionary


noun de·ter·min·er \-ˈtərm-(ə-)nər\

Medical Definition of DETERMINER

:  gene


Next Word in the Dictionary: determinismPrevious Word in the Dictionary: determinedAll Words Near: determiner
July 06, 2015
categorical Hear it
absolute or relating to a category
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears