double genitive


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

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