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definite article

n.
A member of the class of determiners that restricts or particularizes a noun. In English, the is the definite article.

definite article

n
(Grammar) grammar a determiner that expresses specificity of reference, such as the in English. Compare indefinite article

def′inite ar′ticle


n.
an article, as English the, that classes as identified or definite the noun it modifies.
[1755–65]

definite article

An article that specifies a noun; in English “the” is the definite article.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.definite article - a determiner (as `the' in English) that indicates specificity of reference
article - (grammar) a determiner that may indicate the specificity of reference of a noun phrase
Translations
أداة تَعْريف
člen určitýurčitý člen
bestemt artikel
määräinen artikkeli
határozott névelõhatározott névelő
ákveðinn greinirákveîni greinirinn
rodzajnik określony
določni člen
belirli harfi tarif

definite article

n (Gram) → bestimmter Artikel

definite article

n (Gram) → articolo determinativo

definite

(ˈdefinit) adjective
clear; fixed or certain. I'll give you a definite answer later.
ˈdefinitely adverb
clearly or certainly. She definitely said I wasn't to wait; Her dress is definitely not red.
definite article the name given to the word the
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Those languages showing a pronounced tendency to mark generics with the definite article (French, Greek, and Hungarian) do so in this case as well.
In Classical Greek, the definite article was used in exactly this way, so that "The Poet" was used to refer to Homer and "The Stagirite" for Aristotle (considered the most esteemed person to come from Stagira) (Harris 1765: 223).
He might begin by learning that the Welsh name for Hawarden is Pen Ar Lag and the city of Chester is known to Welsh people as Dinas Caer, a name which is much more succinct than the English name and he should, of course, know that the Welsh name for his county town, occupied by Llewelyn Ap Iorwerth in 1199 is Yr Wyddgrug, sometimes pronounced as Wyrgrug with of course the definite article Yr in front of the name.
The adnominal use can be deduced from the Arabic definite article 'al-, which, as Rubin argued, should be derived from the WS plural demonstrative base *'Vl(lV).
The concordance is complete except for the definite article, de, and kai.
Mikael Forssell could be poised for his first start for more than two months for Blues (why do Midlanders always dispense with the definite article when using their side's nickname?
As it happens, in any case, use of the definite article is multiplied even significantly beyond Schopenhauer himself: repeating the entire expression when he refers with only a pronoun (malting three occurrences out of a single one of "the will," for example, on page 137); translating Willenserscheinungen (appearances or phenomena of will) as "appearances of the will" on p.
I went close a few times, including when second on Theatrical to Law Society in 1985 and when beaten a short head on Definite Article in 1995 when Olivier Peslier on Winged Love nabbed me on the line.
Among the topics are definiteness and the structure of noun phrases in Slavic, evidence from colloquial Slovenian for a definite article in the AP, the case for a genitive case in Bulgarian, reciprocity expressions, about the vocative, and Slavic clitic systems in a typological perspective.
And the five-year-old Definite Article gelding has performed creditably enough in his two outings over hurdles since embarking on his jumping career, although a beaten favourite on both occasions.
The deictic force of the definite article suffices.
The nearest he has come to winning the great race was in 1995 when he was beaten a short head on Definite Article.