pronoun

[proh-noun]
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.

Origin of pronoun

1520–30; < Middle French pronom < Latin prōnōmen (stem prōnōmin-). See pro-1, noun
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Examples from the Web for pronouns

Historical Examples of pronouns

  • Pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions may or rather must recur in successive lines.

  • The particles and pronouns, as they are of most frequent occurrence, are also the most troublesome.

  • Pronouns are usually capitalized when they refer to the Deity.

    The Verbalist

    Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

  • What is the usage as to pronouns referring to God and the other persons of the Trinity?

    Capitals

    Frederick W. Hamilton

  • In the triumph of her lurid ending, Theodora made havoc of her pronouns.

    Teddy: Her Book

    Anna Chapin Ray


British Dictionary definitions for pronouns

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

Word Origin for pronoun

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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pronouns 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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