Meaning of “adjective” in the English Dictionary

"adjective" in English

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adjectivenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈædʒ.ek.tɪv/ us /ˈædʒ.ek.tɪv/

A2 a word that describes a noun or pronoun:

"Big", "boring", "purple", and "obvious" are all adjectives.

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adjectival
adjective uk /ˌædʒ.ekˈtaɪ.vəl/ us /ˌædʒ.ekˈtaɪ.vəl/

an adjectival phrase
adjectivally
adverb uk /ˌædʒ.ekˈtaɪ.vəl.i/ us /ˌædʒ.ekˈtaɪ.vəl.i/

In "kitchen table", the noun "kitchen" is used adjectivally.

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(Definition of “adjective” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"adjective" in American English

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adjectivenoun [ C ]

us /ˈædʒ·ɪk·tɪv/ specialized

grammar a word that describes a noun or pronoun:

"Big," "purple," "quick," "obvious," and "silvery" are adjectives.
adjectival
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˌædʒ·ɪkˈtɑɪ·vəl/

an adjectival phrase

(Definition of “adjective” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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We simultaneously conducted six joint missions, and allow me for the first - but not the last - time to emphasise the adjective ‘joint’.
The adjective "historic' is not an exaggeration today and befits the importance of the decision and the consequences for the future.

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