subject complement


noun Grammar.

a word or a group of words, usually functioning as an adjective or noun, that is used in the predicate following a copula and describes or is identified with the subject of the sentence, as sleepy in The travelers became sleepy.

Nearby words

  1. subj.,
  2. subjacent,
  3. subject,
  4. subject catalog,
  5. subject catalogue,
  6. subject matter,
  7. subject to, be,
  8. subject-raising,
  9. subjectification,
  10. subjectify

Origin of subject complement

First recorded in 1935–40


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