Definition of “adjective” - English Dictionary

“adjective” in British 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.

More examples

  • In the sentence 'She is happy', 'happy' is a predicative adjective.
  • Complete the sentence with one of the adjectives provided.
  • You can change the adjective 'sweet' into a noun by adding the suffix '-ness' to the end of the word.
  • In 'a sudden movement', 'sudden' is an adjective in the attributive position.
  • I don't think I'd call it a beautiful picture - 'interesting' might be a better adjective to use!
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.

Grammar

(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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