mass noun

noun

Definition of mass noun 

: a noun that denotes a homogeneous substance or a concept without subdivisions and that in English is preceded in indefinite singular constructions by some rather than a or an "sand" and "water" are mass nouns — compare count noun

First Known Use of mass noun

1933, in the meaning defined above

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