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[proh-noun]
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noun Grammar.
  1. any member of a small class of words found in many languages that are used as replacements or substitutes for nouns and noun phrases, and that have very general reference, as I, you, he, this, who, what. Pronouns are sometimes formally distinguished from nouns, as in English by the existence of special objective forms, as him for he or me for I, and by nonoccurrence with an article or adjective.
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Origin of pronoun

1520–30; < Middle French pronom < Latin prōnōmen (stem prōnōmin-). See pro-1, noun
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  • In grammar it is a pronoun of the first person and singular number.

  • The accent upon the pronoun was very faint, but it was there for him to notice if he liked.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • The use of the pronoun, the disuse of the grammar pulled him up short.

  • The antecedent of this pronoun had been mentioned for the last time at eight o'clock.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • And at each utterance of the pronoun he lunged with his forefinger in the direction of his son.

    The Suitors of Yvonne

    Raphael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for pronoun

pronoun

noun
  1. one of a class of words that serves to replace a noun phrase that has already been or is about to be mentioned in the sentence or contextAbbreviation: pron
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin prōnōmen, from pro- 1 + nōmen noun
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Word Origin and History for pronoun

n.

mid-15c., from pro- and noun; modeled on Middle French pronom, from Latin pronomen, from pro- "in place of" + nomen "name, noun" (see name (n.)). A loan-translation of Greek antonymia.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pronoun in Culture

pronoun

A word that takes the place of a noun. She, herself, it, and this are examples of pronouns. If we substituted pronouns for the nouns in the sentence “Please give the present to Karen,” it would read “Please give it to her.”

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