Meaning of “definite article” in the English Dictionary

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"definite article" in British English

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definite articlenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌdef.ɪ.nət ˈɑː.tɪ.kəl/ us /ˌdef.ɪ.nət ˈɑːr.t̬ɪ.kəl/ specialized

B1 the grammatical name for the word "the" in English, or the words in other languages that have a similar use

Examples

  • In French, you must include either the definite article 'le' or 'la', or the indefinite article 'un' or 'une', before a noun.
  • Remember to use the definite article before 'radio' in sentences like 'I was listening to the radio'.

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

"definite article" in American English

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definite articlenoun [ C ]

grammar the word “the” in English, or the words in other languages that have a similar use

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