a person or thing that modifies.
  1. a word, phrase, or sentence element that limits or qualifies the sense of another word, phrase, or element in the same construction.
  2. the immediate constituent of an endocentric construction that is not the head.

Nearby words

  1. modification,
  2. modificatory,
  3. modified american plan,
  4. modified radical mastectomy,
  5. modified-release,
  6. modify,
  7. modigliani,
  8. modigliani, amedeo,
  9. modillion,
  10. modiolus

Origin of modifier

First recorded in 1575–85; modify + -er1

Usage note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for modifiers



Also called: qualifier grammar a word or phrase that qualifies the sense of another word; for example, the noun alarm is a modifier of clock in alarm clock and the phrase every day is an adverbial modifier of walks in he walks every day
a person or thing that modifies
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Word Origin and History for modifiers



1580s, agent noun of modify. Grammatical sense is from 1865.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for modifiers


A word or group of words that describes or limits a verb, noun, adjective, or adverb. Modifiers applied to nouns are adjectives. Modifiers applied to verbs or adjectives are adverbs. Those that are applied to adverbs themselves are also called adverbs.

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