follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

indefinite article

noun, Grammar
1.
an article, as English a, an, that denotes class membership of the noun it modifies without particularizing it.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for indefinite article
  • If the noun has the indefinite article the infinitive is better sometimes.
  • The control over the definite and indefinite article is examined in relation to their forms and functions.
  • Use the indefinite article an before abbreviations and acronyms that are pronounced as if they begin with a vowel.
  • The simple addition of the indefinite article a eliminates the ambiguity.
  • The word following the indefinite article begins with a vowel sound.
British Dictionary definitions for indefinite article

indefinite article

noun
1.
(grammar) a determiner that expresses nonspecificity of reference, such as a, an, or some Compare definite article
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
indefinite article in Culture

indefinite article definition


The word a or an introducing an unspecified noun or the name of a general category: “a dog,” “an apple,” “an orange.” An is used when the next word begins with a vowel or a silent (unpronounced) h, as in “an egg” or “an hour.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for indefinite article

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for indefinite

14
16
Scrabble Words With Friends