adjective equivalent

noun

Definition of adjective equivalent

: a word or word group that is not an adjective but has the noun-modifying function of an adjective (as music in "music teacher", dancing in "dancing teacher", John's in "John's dog", on the wall in "the picture on the wall", the doctor in "my friend the doctor", who plays golf in "a man who plays golf")

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First Known Use of adjective equivalent

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of adjective equivalent was in 1875

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“Adjective equivalent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjective%20equivalent. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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