proper noun

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a noun that names a particular person, place, or thing and begins with a CAPITAL letter. Jane, Africa, and New Year are proper nouns.
─ compare COMMON NOUN

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  • Proper noun — Proper name and common noun redirect here. For the philosophy of language concept, see Proper name (philosophy). For the counterpart to scientific names for species, see Common name. A proper noun or proper name is a noun representing a unique… …   Wikipedia

  • Proper noun — Proper Prop er, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. {Appropriate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to one; one s own; individual. His proper good [i. e., his own possessions]. Chaucer. My proper son. Shak. [1913 Webster] Now learn the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper noun — noun a noun that denotes a particular thing; usually capitalized • Syn: ↑proper name • Ant: ↑common noun • Hypernyms: ↑noun * * * noun, pl ⋯ nouns [count] : a word or group of words (such as “No …   Useful english dictionary

  • proper noun — proper nouns also proper name N COUNT A proper noun is the name of a particular person, place, organization, or thing. Proper nouns begin with a capital letter. Examples are Margaret , London , and the United Nations . Compare common noun …   English dictionary

  • proper noun — also .proper name especially BrE n a noun such as James , New York , or China that is the name of one particular thing and is written with a ↑capital letter →↑noun …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • proper noun — (also proper name) ► NOUN ▪ a name for an individual person, place, or organization, having an initial capital letter …   English terms dictionary

  • proper noun — see noun …   Modern English usage

  • proper noun — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms proper noun : singular proper noun plural proper nouns linguistics a noun that names a particular person, place, or thing and begins with a capital letter. Jane , Africa , and New Year are proper nouns. • See:… …   English dictionary

  • proper noun — noun A noun denoting a particular person, place, organization, ship, animal, event, or other individual entity. Examples: Mike, United Nations …   Wiktionary

  • proper noun — noun Date: circa 1890 a noun that designates a particular being or thing, does not take a limiting modifier, and is usually capitalized in English called also proper name …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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