common noun

noun

Definition of common noun

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

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COMMON NOUN Defined for English Language Learners

common noun

Definition of common noun for English Language Learners

  • : 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


COMMON NOUN Defined for Kids

common noun

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Definition of common noun for Students

: 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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