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

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“Double genitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double%20genitive. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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