Grammar. a noun that is used to denote a particular person, place, or thing, as Lincoln, Sarah, Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Hall.: Compare common noun.
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- Also called prop·er name [prop-er neym] /ˈprɒp ər ˈneɪm/ .
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How to use proper noun in a sentence
The proper noun when spoken can be confused for the common noun.
“The Great Depression” as a proper noun only came into popular use in the 1950s, long after the event was over.
Thus "John Smith" (particular; proper noun) and "Man" (general; common noun).Thought-Culture | William Walker Atkinson
An apostrophe is used inconsistently with the proper noun Bruening or Bruenings.
A proper noun is a name applied to a particular object, whether person, place, or thing.An English Grammar | W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
The proper noun comes first in appositive expressions: lfred cyning, Sidroc eorl, Hahmund bisceop.Anglo-Saxon Grammar and Exercise Book | C. Alphonso Smith
The "s" in "street" following a proper noun is sometimes with an initial capital and sometimes with lower case.The Green God | Frederic Arnold Kummer
British Dictionary definitions for proper noun
the name of a person, place, or object, as for example Iceland, Patrick, or Uranus: Compare common noun Related adjective: onomastic
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