determiner

noun de·ter·min·er \ -ˈtər-mə-nər \

Definition of determiner

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

Recent Examples of determiner from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'determiner.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of determiner

circa 1530


DETERMINER Defined for English Language Learners

determiner

noun

Definition of determiner for English Language Learners

  • 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


DETERMINER Defined for Kids

determiner

noun de·ter·min·er \ di-ˈtər-mə-nər \

Definition of determiner for Students

: 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

determiner

noun de·ter·min·er \ -ˈtərm-(ə-)nər \

medical Definition of determiner

: gene

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up determiner? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to remove or wipe out

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!