definite-article

definite article

noun Grammar.
an article, as English the, that classes as identified or definite the noun it modifies.

Origin:
1755–65

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

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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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