Meaning of “indefinite article” in the English Dictionary

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"indefinite article" in British English

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indefinite articlenoun [ C ]

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

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

Examples

  • If you ask for 'a ham sandwich', you're using the indefinite article 'a' before the noun.
  • Don't forget that, before any word beginning with a vowel, the indefinite article would be 'an', for example 'an interesting book'.

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

"indefinite article" in American English

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indefinite articlenoun [ C ]

us /ɪnˈdef·ə·nət ˈɑr·t̬ɪ·kəl/

grammar the words "a" and "an" in English, or words in other languages that have a similar use.

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