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determiner

See also: déterminer

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EtymologyEdit

determine + -er

NounEdit

determiner (plural determiners)

  1. (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).
  2. (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.
  3. Something that determines, or helps someone to determine, something else.
    • 1901: Azel Ames, The Mayflower and Her Log
      The "steel-yards" and "measures" were the only determiners of weight and quantity — as the hour-glass and sun dial were of time — possessed at first (so far as appears) by the passengers of the Pilgrim ship,

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determiner in The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language Huddleston & Pullum, 2002. CUP.


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EtymologyEdit

From Latin dēterminare, present active infinitive of dēterminō.

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determiner

  1. to determine

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dēterminer

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of dēterminō