determiner[dē tʉr′mi nər, di-]
- The definition of a determiner is a person that gives a final decision, or a word that modifies a noun or adjective.
- An example of a determiner is a Supreme Court Judge.
- An example of a determiner are words such as any, my or both.
- anything that determines
- Gram. a word, such as a, the, this, each, some, either, or my, that determines the use of a noun without essentially modifying it and is placed before a descriptive adjective
- One that determines.
- Grammar A word belonging to a group of noun modifiers, which includes articles, demonstratives, possessive adjectives, and words such as any, both, or whose, and, in English, occupying the first position in a noun phrase or following another determiner.
- (grammar) A member of a class of words functioning in a noun phrase to identify or distinguish a referent without describing or modifying it. [from 1945] Examples of determiners include articles (a, the), demonstratives (this, those), cardinal numbers (three, fifty), and indefinite numerals (most, any, each).
- (grammar) A dependent function in a noun phrase marking the NP as definite or indefinite. This function is usually filled by words in the determinative class but may be filled by other elements such as a genitive pronoun.
- Something that determines, or helps someone to determine, something else.
OriginSee also: déterminer
determine + -er