- The definition of an adjective is a part of speech that is used to describe a noun.
Red, tall, better and fast are all examples of adjectives.
Red is an adjective to describe this ball.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French adjectif ; from Classical Latin adjectivus, that is added ; from adjectus, past participle of adjicere, to add to ; from ad-, to plush jacere, to throw: see jet
- of an adjective
- having the nature or function of an adjective
- dependent or subordinate
- Law of or relating to practice and procedure; procedural
- adjectively adverb
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noun Abbr. a. or adj.
- The part of speech that modifies a noun or other substantive by limiting, qualifying, or specifying and distinguished in English morphologically by one of several suffixes, such as -able, -ous, -er, and -est, or syntactically by position directly preceding a noun or nominal phrase.
- Any of the words belonging to this part of speech, such as white in the phrase a white house.
- Adjectival: an adjective clause.
- Law Prescriptive; remedial: adjective law.
- Not standing alone; derivative or dependent.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French adjectif, from Late Latin adiectīvus, from adiectus, past participle of adicere, to add to : ad-, ad- + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.
- adˈjec·tive·ly adverb