Grammar. pertaining to, resembling, derived from, or containing a pronoun: “My” in “my book” is a pronominal adjective. “There” is a pronominal adverb.
Heraldry. noting the coat of arms on a quartered escutcheon: customarily occupying the first quarter and being the original coat of arms of the paternal line.


Grammar. a pronominal word.

Origin of pronominal

From the Late Latin word prōnōminālis, dating back to 1635–45. See pronoun, -al1
Related formspro·nom·i·nal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pronominal

Historical Examples of pronominal

  • But Mr. Darwin's pronominal "we," in this connection, admits of qualification.

  • There is of course no pronominal gender in Mohave, so "his" is ambiguous.

    Seven Mohave Myths

    A. L. Kroeber

  • The interrogative pronoun (and pronominal adjective) is kiu, who, which.

  • That it is pronominal where it is in apposition with another noun.

    The English Language

    Robert Gordon Latham

  • His pronominal substitution of It for He does not achieve a revolution in theology.

    The Critical Game

    John Albert Macy

British Dictionary definitions for pronominal



relating to or playing the part of a pronoun
Derived Formspronominally, adverb

Word Origin for pronominal

C17: from Late Latin prōnōminālis, from prōnōmen a pronoun
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