[ ad-vur-bee-uh l ]
/ ædˈvɜr bi əl /


of, relating to, or used as an adverb.


a word or phrase functioning as an adverb.

Nearby words

  1. adventurism,
  2. adventurist,
  3. adventurous,
  4. adverb,
  5. adverb clause,
  6. adverbial phrase,
  7. advergame,
  8. adversarial,
  9. adversary,
  10. adversaryism

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

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British Dictionary definitions for adverbial


/ (ædˈvɜːbɪəl) /


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