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English definition of “relative clause”

relative clause

noun [C]    
a part of a sentence that is used to describe the noun that comes just before it. In the sentence, 'The woman who I saw yesterday wasn't his wife.', 'who I saw yesterday' is a relative clause.Grammatical terms
(Definition of relative clause noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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