[ad-vur-bee-uh l]


of, relating to, or used as an adverb.


a word or phrase functioning as an adverb.

Origin of adverbial

1605–15; < Latin adverbi(um) adverb + -al1; compare Late Latin adverbiālis
Related formsad·ver·bi·al·ly, adverbnon·ad·ver·bi·al, adjectivenon·ad·ver·bi·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for adverbial

Historical Examples of adverbial

  • The adverbial adjective "needlessly" explains the broad distinction.


    Henry Morford

  • The adverbial sense to be wholly transferred to the cognate word.

    The Verbalist

    Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

  • It has, perhaps, its origin in the adverbial character of that gender.

  • When it is used in this manner, it loses its adverbial force.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton

  • Other examples are rare, and I have not found any instance of an adverbial use.



British Dictionary definitions for adverbial



a word or group of words playing the grammatical role of an adverb, such as in the rain in the sentence I'm singing in the rain


of or relating to an adverb or adverbial
Derived Formsadverbially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adverbial

1610s, "pertaining to adverbs;" earlier it meant "fond of using adverbs" (1590s), from Late Latin adverbialis, from adverbium (see adverb). Related: Adverbially (mid-15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper