Definition of Compound Adjective (with Examples)A compound adjective is a single adjective comprising more than one word. The words in a compound adjective are usually grouped together using hyphens to show it is a single adjective.
Examples of Compound AdjectivesHere are some example of compound adjectives (shaded):
- four-foot table
- 12-page magazine
- free-range eggs
- never-to-be-forgotten experience
- well-known lawyer
Alternatives to Hyphens in Compound AdjectivesCompound adjectives can also be grouped using italics, quotation marks, and title case (i.e., capital letters). For example:
- It's a bona fide purchaser. (compound adjective grouped using italics)
- Is that your "go away" look? (compound adjective grouped using quotation marks)
- Did you watch the Harry Potter documentary? (compound adjective grouped using title case)
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What are compound adjectives?
Hyphens in compound adjectives
Alternatives to hyphens in compound adjectives
Enumeration of adjectives