Definition of certain
- the house has a certain charm
- it is certain that we exist
- the certain advance of age
- she is certain to do well
- I am certain they are right
- remembered by people of a certain age
I'm fairly certain that I'll be on time.
a certain person told me that today is your birthday
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First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
: not having any doubt about something : convinced or sure
—used with it to say that something is known to be true or correct
—used to refer to something or someone that is not named specifically
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