- a word, phrase, or sentence element that limits or qualifies the sense of another word, phrase, or element in the same construction.
- the immediate constituent of an endocentric construction that is not the head.
Origin of modifier
Examples from the Web for modifiers
Contemporary Examples of modifiers
Nouns are adjectives, subjects disagree with objects, modifiers dangle, malapropisms abound.The Gpistolary Novel: Tao Lin’s ‘Taipei’
June 18, 2013
Historical Examples of modifiers
Clauses and modifiers must be attached in a way that cannot be overlooked.Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence
Grant Milnor Hyde
The noun or pronoun which is the object of a preposition may also have its modifiers.
Since pronouns are used in place of nouns, they may have modifiers, also, just as nouns do.
The modifiers of the predicate are either adverbs or adverb phrases.
The modifiers of the subject are either adjectives or adjective phrases.
1580s, agent noun of modify. Grammatical sense is from 1865.