Definition of Noun

The Definition of Noun

A noun is a word used for a person, place, or thing. Nouns are often described as naming words.

Examples of Nouns

Here are some examples of nouns:
  • Anne
  • Policeman
  • Town
  • Exeter
  • Crayon
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Thought
  • Swimming
  • Dream
  • Table
  • Grass
  • Oxygen
  • Ounce
  • Day
Here are some interactive examples:

  • Your rosy cheeks give you away, my love.
  • The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
  • My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far Iíve finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.
  • A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

Types of Noun

All nouns can be classified as one of the following:
  • A Common Noun. A common noun is the word for a person, place, or thing (e.g., cat, letter, pound, bravery, building, sea).
  • A Proper Noun. A proper noun in the name given to a person, place, or thing (e.g., Felix, The Empire State Building, Atlantic Ocean, Mr Jones, Doomsday Book).

Categories of Nouns

Common nouns can also be categorized as one (or more) of the following:

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