ad·​ver·​bi·​al ad-ˈvər-bē-əl How to pronounce adverbial (audio)
: of, relating to, or having the function of an adverb
an adverbial phrase
adverbial noun
adverbially adverb

Word History


borrowed from Late Latin adverbiālis, from Latin adverbium adverb entry 1 + -ālis -al entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adverbial was in the 15th century

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“Adverbial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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