group genitive


(in English) a construction in which the genitive ending 's is added to an entire phrase, especially when added to a word other than the head of the noun phrase, as the woman who lives across the street's in That is the woman who lives across the street's cat or the people next-door's in The people next-door's house is for rent.

Nearby words

  1. group agglutinin,
  2. group annuity,
  3. group antigen,
  4. group captain,
  5. group dynamics,
  6. group grope,
  7. group home,
  8. group insurance,
  9. group life insurance,
  10. group marriage

Origin of group genitive

First recorded in 1890–95

Also called group possessive. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019