noun phrase

noun, often capitalized N&P

Definition of noun phrase

  1. :  a phrase formed by a noun and all its modifiers and determiners; broadly :  any syntactic element (such as a clause, clitic, pronoun, or zero element) with a noun's function (such as the subject of a verb or the object of a verb or preposition) —abbreviation NP

Examples of noun phrase in a Sentence

  1. In the sentence I found the owner of the dog, the owner of the dog is a noun phrase.

First Known Use of noun phrase

1884


NOUN PHRASE Defined for English Language Learners

noun phrase

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Definition of noun phrase for English Language Learners

  • : a group of words that acts like a noun in a sentence


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