indefinite article

indefinite article
noun (C) the word `a' or `an' in the English language or a word in another language that is used like `a' or `an' —compare definite article, —see also: article (4)

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  • Indefinite article — Indefinite In*def i*nite, a. [L. indefinitus. See {In } not, and {Definite}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not definite; not limited, defined, or specified; not explicit; not determined or fixed upon; not precise; uncertain; vague; confused; obscure; as, an …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indefinite article — indefinite articles N COUNT The words a and an are sometimes called the indefinite article …   English dictionary

  • indefinite article — see a, an …   Modern English usage

  • indefinite article — ► NOUN Grammar ▪ a determiner (a and an in English) that introduces a noun phrase and implies that the thing referred to is non specific …   English terms dictionary

  • indefinite article — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms indefinite article : singular indefinite article plural indefinite articles linguistics the word a or an in the English language, or a word in another language that is used in a similar way See: definite… …   English dictionary

  • indefinite article — noun a determiner (as a or some in English) that indicates nonspecific reference • Hypernyms: ↑article * * * noun, pl ⋯ cles [count] : the word a or an used in English to refer to a person or thing that is not identified or specified In “I gave a …   Useful english dictionary

  • indefinite article —   Pilimua maopopo ole.   The indefinite article is he …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • indefinite article — in.definite article n technical the word a or an →↑definite article …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • indefinite article — in,definite article noun count LINGUISTICS the word a or an in the English language, or a word in another language that is used in a similar way ─ compare DEFINITE ARTICLE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • indefinite article — Gram. an article, as English a, an, that denotes class membership of the noun it modifies without particularizing it. [1720 30] * * * …   Universalium

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