proper noun

noun

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

First Known Use of proper noun

15th century


PROPER NOUN Defined for English Language Learners

proper noun

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

noun

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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