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'.

Examples from literature

  • Al is the Arabic definite article. 
  • The definite article the belongs to nouns in the singular or plural number. 
  • The is, therefore, called the definite article. 
  • The present participle with the definite article the before it, becomes a noun, and must have the preposition of after it. 
  • There is one definite article, la, invariable. 

(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)