definite article


noun Grammar.

an article, as English the, that classes as identified or definite the noun it modifies.

Nearby words

  1. definiendum,
  2. definiens,
  3. defining,
  4. defining moment,
  5. definite,
  6. definite description,
  7. definite integral,
  8. definite relative clause,
  9. definite relative pronoun,
  10. definitely

Origin of definite article

First recorded in 1755–65

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British Dictionary definitions for definite article

definite article

noun

grammar a determiner that expresses specificity of reference, such as the in EnglishCompare indefinite article
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Culture definitions for definite article

definite article

The word the; the article that precedes names of specific items: “the dog,” “the boats,” “the heavy anchor.” (Compare indefinite article.)

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