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definite article

noun, Grammar
an article, as English the, that classes as identified or definite the noun it modifies.
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Examples from the web for definite article
  • In addition, the definite article must agree in gender number and case with the noun.
  • The use of the definite article shows that the concluding sentence refers back to the same search described in the first sentence.
  • Students might need to know that the possessive has the same function as the definite article.
British Dictionary definitions for definite article

definite article

(grammar) a determiner that expresses specificity of reference, such as the in English Compare indefinite article
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definite article in Culture

definite article definition

The word the; the article that precedes names of specific items: “the dog,” “the boats,” “the heavy anchor.” (Compare indefinite article.)

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