proper noun

noun
|Updated on: 3 Jun 2018

Definition of proper noun

: a noun that designates a particular being or thing, does not take a limiting modifier, and is usually capitalized in English called also proper name

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First Known Use of proper noun

15th century

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PROPER NOUN Defined for English Language Learners

proper noun

Definition of proper noun for English Language Learners

  • : a word or group of words (such as “Noah Webster,” “Kentucky,” or “U.S. Congress”) that is the name of a particular person, place, or thing and that usually begins with a capital letter


PROPER NOUN Defined for Kids

proper noun

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Definition of proper noun for Students

: a noun that names a particular person, place, or thing
  • “Tom,” “Chicago,” and “Friday” are proper nouns.

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