The Definition of NounA noun is a word used for a person, place, or thing. Nouns are often described as naming words.
Examples of NounsHere are some examples of nouns:
- The Eiffel Tower
Types of NounAll 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 NounsCommon nouns can also be categorized as one (or more) of the following:
- Abstract Noun (e.g., love, hate, pessimism)
- Collective Noun (e.g., team, school, choir)
- Compound Nouns (e.g., sister-in-law, cooking-oil, snowman)
- Concrete Noun (e.g., table, eagle, snowman)
- Countable Noun (e.g., table, eagle, snowman)
- Mass Nouns (or Non-Countable Nouns) (e.g., air, steel, flour)
- Gender-Specific Noun (e.g., lady, vixen, bull)
- Verbal Nouns (e.g., swimming, laughing, writing)
More about nouns The different types of nouns What are pronouns? Abstract nouns Collective nouns Compound nouns Concrete nouns Non-countable nouns (mass nouns) Gender-specific nouns Verbal nouns Gerunds Noun clauses Noun phrases Another test on nouns Definition of adjective Definition of adverb Definition of conjunction Definition of interjection Definition of preposition Definition of pronoun Definition of verb Glossary of grammatical terms