attributive noun

noun adjunct

noun Grammar.
a noun that occurs before and modifies another noun, as toy in toy store or tour in tour group.
Also called attributive noun, noun premodifier.


Origin:
1960–65

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Main Entry:  attributive noun
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a noun used like an adjective and modifies another noun, e.g. government policy, administration policy, portrait painter
Example:  An attributive noun can also be called a noun adjunct.
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