double genitive

noun

Definition of double genitive 

: a syntactic construction in English in which possession is marked both by the preposition of and a noun or pronoun in the possessive case (as in "A friend of Bob's is a friend of mine")

called also double possessive

First Known Use of double genitive

1824, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about double genitive

Share double genitive

Statistics for double genitive

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for double genitive

The first known use of double genitive was in 1824

See more words from the same year

Comments on double genitive

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to make amends

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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!