definite article


noun Grammar.

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

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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