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

In the sentence “I found the owner of the dog,” “the owner of the dog” is a noun phrase.
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, a two-year-old child tested alongside Kanzi quickly intuits that two nouns can make up a noun phrase, tucked as a direct object into a verb phrase, which in turn is part of a sentence. The Economist, 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of noun phrase

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of noun phrase was in 1884

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“Noun phrase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noun%20phrase. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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