A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[aj-uhngkt] /ˈædʒ ʌŋkt/
something added to another thing but not essential to it.
a person associated with lesser status, rank, authority, etc., in some duty or service; assistant.
a person working at an institution, as a college or university, without having full or permanent status:
My lawyer works two nights a week as an adjunct, teaching business law at the college.
Grammar. a modifying form, word, or phrase depending on some other form, word, or phrase, especially an element of clause structure with adverbial function.
joined or associated, especially in an auxiliary or subordinate relationship.
attached or belonging without full or permanent status:
an adjunct surgeon on the hospital staff.
1580-90; < Latin adjunctus joined to (past participle of adjungere), equivalent to ad- ad- + jung- (nasal variant of jug- yoke1) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
adjunctly, adverb
1. appendix, supplement. See addition. 2. aide, attaché. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for adjuncts
  • Of course, there are so many adjuncts to wood and/or hemp burning.
  • Most kinds of electronic art are, traditionally, the adjuncts and hangers-on of the electronics industry.
  • She didn't know that adjuncts are likely to be on the outskirts of faculty governance.
  • Our adjuncts do have health benefits, paid for by the employer.
  • The money, or lack of it, causes some adjuncts to question their careers.
  • Of course, it's also something that may be paying the bills for a number of grad students and adjuncts.
  • We avoid hiring adjuncts or other part-time faculty.
  • Maybe they've made bad decisions before hiring adjuncts.
  • Others are unwilling to teach basic introductory courses, preferring to farm those out to underpaid adjuncts.
  • But the adjuncts tend to be the majority of the profs.
British Dictionary definitions for adjuncts


something incidental or not essential that is added to something else
a person who is subordinate to another
  1. part of a sentence other than the subject or the predicate
  2. (in systemic grammar) part of a sentence other than the subject, predicator, object, or complement; usually a prepositional or adverbial group
  3. part of a sentence that may be omitted without making the sentence ungrammatical; a modifier
(logic) another name for accident (sense 4)
added or connected in a secondary or subordinate position; auxiliary
Derived Forms
adjunctive (əˈdʒʌŋktɪv) adjective
adjunctly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin adjunctus, past participle of adjungere to adjoin
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
Word Origin and History for adjuncts



1580s, from Latin adjunctus "closely connected, joined, united;" as a noun, "a characteristic, essential attribute," past participle of adjungere "join to" (see adjoin).


1590s, from Latin adjunctus "closely connected, joined, united," past participle of adjungere "join to" (see adjoin). Adjunct professor is 1826, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for adjunct

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for adjuncts

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with adjuncts