count noun

[ kount-noun ]

  1. a noun, as apple,table, or birthday, that typically refers to a countable thing and that in English can be used in both the singular and the plural and can be preceded by the indefinite article a or an or by a number. For example, we can say an apple,four tables, or my 18th birthday.

Origin of count noun

First recorded in 1950–55
  • Also called count·a·ble noun [koun-tuh-buhl noun] /ˈkaʊn tə bəl ˌnaʊn/ .

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British Dictionary definitions for count noun

count noun

  1. linguistics logic a noun that can be qualified by the indefinite article, and may be used in the plural, as telephone and thing but not airs and graces or bravery: Compare mass noun, sortal

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