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Meaning of "definite article" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF DEFINITE ARTICLE

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DEFINITE ARTICLE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Definite article is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES DEFINITE ARTICLE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Article (grammar)

An article is a word that is used with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. Articles specify grammatical definiteness of the noun, in some languages extending to volume or numerical scope. The articles in the English language are the and a/an, and some. 'An' and 'a' are modern forms of the Old English 'an', which in Anglian dialects was the number 'one' and survived into Modern Scots as the number 'ane'. Both 'on' and 'an' survived into Modern English, with 'one' used as the number and 'an' as an indefinite article. Traditionally in English, an article is usually considered to be a type of adjective. In some languages, articles are a special part of speech, which cannot easily be combined with other parts of speech. It is also possible for articles to be part of another part of speech category such as a determiner, an English part of speech category that combines articles and demonstratives. In languages that employ articles, every common noun, with some exceptions, is expressed with a certain definiteness, just as many languages express every noun with a certain grammatical number.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DEFINITE ARTICLE

defined-benefit
definement
definer
definienda
definiendum
definiens
definientia
definite
definite description
definite integral
definitely
definiteness
definition
definitional
definitise
definitive
definitively
definitiveness
definitize
definitude

WORDS THAT END LIKE DEFINITE ARTICLE

alpha particle
antiparticle
article
canticle
cuticle
elementary particle
feature article
God particle
Higgs particle
indefinite article
interparticle
leading article
microparticle
multiparticle
nanoparticle
particle
quasiparticle
reticle
subarticle
testicle
vehicle

Synonyms and antonyms of definite article in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «definite article» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DEFINITE ARTICLE

Find out the translation of definite article to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of definite article from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «definite article» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

定冠词
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

artículo definido
570 millions of speakers

English

definite article
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

निश्चित लेख
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أداة التعريف
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

определенный артикль
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

artigo definido
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

নির্দিষ্ট নিবন্ধ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

article défini
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Artikel pasti
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

bestimmter Artikel
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

定冠詞
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

정관사
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Artikel pasti
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

mạo từ xác định
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

திட்டவட்டமான கட்டுரை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

निश्चित लेख
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kesin makale
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

articolo determinativo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

określony artykuł
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

певний артикль
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

articol definit
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

οριστικό άρθρο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

definitiewe artikel
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

bestämd artikel
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

bestemt artikkel
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of definite article

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DEFINITE ARTICLE»

The term «definite article» is normally little used and occupies the 108.817 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DEFINITE ARTICLE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «definite article» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «definite article» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about definite article

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DEFINITE ARTICLE»

Discover the use of definite article in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to definite article and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Demonstratives in Interaction: The Emergence of a Definite ...
This book concerns one of the paradigm examples of grammaticalization, the development of a definite article from a demonstrative determiner.
Ritva Laury, 1997
2
The Teacher's Grammar of English with Answers: A Course Book ...
Here, the definite article is used because both speakers are part of the same work community; the cafeteria is part of their shared knowledge. Knowledge of Relationships Between Things Definite articles are used in situations where the ...
Ron Cowan, 2008
3
Salud: Medical Spanish Dictionary and Phrase Book
The definite article is used with general or abstract nouns. La leche es buena para la salud. Milk ¡s good for you. El azúcar es dulce. Sugar is sweet. El amor es una cosa divina. Love is a divine thing. 2. Use the definite article before titles when ...
Bonifacio Contreras, 2003
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Nominal Determination: Typology, Context Constraints, and ...
He specifically refers to the definite article and the development of adverbs out of compound-like combinations (English -\y; Romance -ment[e]); 1974: 126—7). The question that comes up is indeed how to classify the creation of definite ...
Elisabeth Stark, Elisabeth Leiss, Werner Abraham, 2007
5
Formal Spoken Arabic Basic Course with MP3 Files
Definite article A. Use in names The definite article in Arabic is Jl. It is written as part of the word it defines. Thus, "the Iraq," "the Kuwait." Certain Arabic place names and names of people have the definite article and others do not, just as we ...
Karin C. Ryding, David J. Mehall, 2005
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A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic
8 Definiteness and indefiniteness markers 8.1 Definite article al- ji 8.1.1 Spelling The definite article in Arabic is spelled with Jalif-laam and is attached as a prefix. This spelling convention makes a word with the prefixed definite article look like ...
Karin C. Ryding, 2005
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מקדש, מקרא ומנורה:
NOTES ON THE USE OF THE DEFINITE ARTICLE IN THE POETRY OF JOB Nahum M. Sarna The dating of Biblical Hebrew poetry is an exceedingly difficult task,1 but it is common knowledge that one of the distinctively characteristic features ...
Michael V. Fox, 1996
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UG and External Systems: Language, Brain and Computation
The autonomous contribution of syntax and pragmatics to the acquisition of the Hebrew definite article Sharon Armon-Lotem and Idit Avram Bar Ilan University This paper investigates the autonomous contribution of syntax and pragmatic to the ...
Anna-Maria Di Sciullo, 2005
9
Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah's Witnesses
theos (“God”) in John 1:1 has no definite article (“the”), it thus refers to a lesser deity who simply has godlike qualities. But must theos (“God”) without ho (“the”) refer to someone less than Jehovah? By no means! You must emphasize to the ...
Ron Rhodes, 2009
10
Second Language Acquisition of Articles: Empirical Findings ...
contains the definite article the You'll never guess which actor → provides the [– definite, +specific] I met. condition Predictions In the [–definite, –specific] condition, the use of the indefinite article a is appropriate, and the use of the definite ...
MAR?A DEL PILAR GARC?A MAYO, Roger D. Hawkins, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DEFINITE ARTICLE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term definite article is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Wordly benefits: A touch of French
Avant-garde (vanguard) connotes a group of artists who use an unorthodox, unconventional idea. Used with definite article 'the', it refers to new ... «The Indian Express, Jul 15»
2
Immoral Marks: German OHIM allows “DIE WANDERHURE” Despite …
Applied to the present case, the definite article “THE” as well as “HURE” refers to an unknown, ultimately fictitious person and not to the ... «The National Law Review, Jul 15»
3
LA Deputy Chief to CNN: Terror Threat Hasn't 'Been This High Since …
I assume it's a specific thing since, according to your use of the definite article, there's either (a) only the one, or (b) the one you're alluding to is ... «Mediaite, Jul 15»
4
Binoche plays herself
They call her "La Binoche", as though she has become her own brand, an inviolate definite article.. Gerard Depardieu once confessed he was ... «New Zealand Herald, Jul 15»
5
Red Hot Hobbs
... and he didn't get to make the trip, he didn't get to compete in the Irish Derby in which Winged Love beat Definite Article by a short head. «The Sunday Times, Jun 15»
6
Howard Davies: Cab wars and what the Greeks really think about …
(Look, I did ancient Greek O level and know that 'hoi' means 'the', but leaving the definite article out sounds pretentious.) It's a temptation hard ... «Management Today, Jun 15»
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Eddie Izzard's Three Decades of "Executive Transvestite" Style
... the Definite Article tour certainly represented a huge step forward in terms of Izzard's sartorial expression, with the comedian performing in a ... «Portland Monthly, Jun 15»
8
The Co-op is no longer Britain's biggest co-op
It seems The Co-op might want to reconsider its use of the definite article. The struggling company has been overtaken by the buyoant John ... «Management Today, Jun 15»
9
Bulgari: celebrating 40 years of men's watches
... being first and foremost jewellers, Nicola, Gianni and Paulo took the decision to hire the watch designer (I use the definite article because at ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jun 15»
10
Tweeting like Diogenes.
Or a place where a needless definite article is lashed to road names; why say “the 101” when “101” will do? Or an entity where the radio and TV ... «The Fortnightly Review, Jun 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Definite article [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/definite-article>. May 2021 ».
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