noun phrase

noun, often capitalized N&P

Definition of noun phrase

: 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

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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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