a person or thing that determines.
Grammar. a member of a subclass of English limiting adjectival words that usually precede descriptive adjectives and include the articles the, a, and an, and any words that may substitute for them, as your, their, some, and each.

Origin of determiner

First recorded in 1520–30; determine + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for determiner

Historical Examples of determiner

  • He felt the adequacy of this life as a determiner of the eternal destiny of all men.

  • He appears also to have confused the idea of a standard of value with that of a determiner of value.

    Honest Money

    Arthur Isaac Fonda

  • That means that there is a determiner for it which is grouped with other determiners in one of the chromosomes.


    Ernest G. Martin

  • That is, the determiner for red is absent from the white variety.

    Being Well-Born

    Michael F. Guyer

  • Then there must be a determiner, the expression of which was mathematical ability.

    Applied Eugenics

    Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for determiner



a word, such as a number, article, possessive adjective, etc, that determines (limits) the meaning of a noun phrase, e.g. their in `their black cat'
a person or thing that determines
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