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noun pro·noun \ˈprō-ˌnau̇n\

Definition of pronoun

  1. :  any of a small set of words in a language that are used as substitutes for nouns or noun phrases and whose referents are named or understood in the context

Origin and Etymology of pronoun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pronomin-, pronomen, from pro- for + nomin-, nomen name — more at pro-, name


First Known Use: 1530

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PRONOUN Defined for English Language Learners

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noun pro·noun \ˈprō-ˌnau̇n\

Definition of pronoun for English Language Learners

  • grammar : a word (such as I, he, she, you, it, we, or they ) that is used instead of a noun or noun phrase


PRONOUN Defined for Kids

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noun pro·noun \ˈprō-ˌnau̇n\

Definition of pronoun for Students

  1. :  a word used as a substitute for a noun



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